This review has been updated and can now be seen at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud Wonderful boook detailing "the development of commercial breeding from its earliest days in America to the factory farms "development of commercial breeding from its earliest days in America to the factory farms South America producing the biggest most beautiful blooms available at only the most exclusive florists There is a long diversion into the mind bogglingly mixture of dirtplants and computerised bidding in the famous flower market of AmsterdamThe book is written in a very easy though informative style and would interest people who enerally like non fiction you don t have to be into flowers to enjoy this book I could almost imagine the individual fates of these flowers Here were millions of stems representing festivity and well wishes the possibilities of romance even apologies and regrets What would these flowers be called upon to do when they finally went home with somebody What mistakes would they have to fix Who would they have to cheer up or seduceThough there s some Betrayals good and important information here regarding the human and environmental costs ofetting a flower from seed to florist or Betrayals: The Unpredictability of Human Relations grocery store I found it slowoing I uess I m just not as interested in the flower biz as I thought I d be though I will say my husband loved this one This was a very interesting
book and a very uick read I learned a lot about the flower industry things I had and a very uick read I learned a lot about the flower industry things I had even thought to wonder about It s interesting that this industry which sells a beautiful product that is supposed to cheer people up make them feel happy and loved really hides a lot of yuck behind it polluting our water and soil with pesticides exploiting workers and exposing them to toxic chemicals blocking bees birds butterflies etc from accessing their food sources adding to lobal warming by Bitter Choices: Blue-Collar Women in and out of Work growing flowers in one locale and shipping them all over the world etc etc The main thing I didn t like about this book was that the author s love for cut flowers seemed to cause her to overlook the very problems she wrote aboutWith all that said I do enjoy flowers when they rerowing out of the Barrio: Photographs from Chicago's Pilsen and Little Village ground in my neighborhood and I d have loved to see beautiful photos of them but the ones in this book were not in color and all the brilliance and beauty was washed out and the photos were useless Fascinating view of the flower industry For example I had NO idea one shouldn t put freshly cut flowers near fruitthe apples offassomething that aids in their deterioration Also don t put cut flowers on the TV or in direct sunlight Wonder why flowers don t SMELL any Read this book and find out that and ALL other sorts of interesting things Having just read a book which ripped the reddish Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War green face off the tomato industry I was anticipating the same treatment for flowers after which I couldo in search of an
exploration of the human suffering that oes into every bottle of spray starch or perhaps a brutal expos on the of the human suffering that oes into every bottle of spray starch or perhaps a brutal expos on the of Big Carrot But Amy Stewart isn t Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America going there even if she observes and documents a normal amount of uharden variety exploitation while documenting a flower s path to the marketplace She is At Stake: Monsters and the Rhetoric of Fear in Public Culture generally not shocked by the process ofetting the product to the market but she does seem a little flabbergasted or perhaps bemusedI am neither flabbergasted or bemused It all makes perfect sense to me Although I don t even after reading the book understand flowers I have perhaps Award winning author Amy Stewart takes readers on an around the world behind the scenes look at the flower industry and how it has sought for better or worse to achieve perfection She tracks down the hybridizers eneticists farmers and florists working .
And then prolongs their death agonies so we can momentarily beautify our homes or please a womanIn summary a ood book which told me interesting things concerning a subject which I previously knew nothingRecommended in of all places Foreign Policy magazine JulyAug 07 Let me state that I do not Black and White Strangers: Race and American Literary Realism garden will neverarden and plants Boggs: A Comedy of Values go into fear seizures if I come too close However I m surrounded by women whoarden so I end up absorbing things though osmosis I Blood Runs Green: The Murder That Transfixed Gilded Age Chicago guess and have come to enjoy a fewarden writers out there Amy "Stewart Is The Best "is the best the lot She s funny and she never forgets that about half the people reading her are not and never will be botonists Anyone can pick up her books read them learn stuff and also be utterly entertainedI never thought I would Berlioz and the Romantic Century give a hooping funt about the cut flower industry nor would I ever enjoy reading a book about it I was wrong This book was both fascinating and entertaining It made we want too out and buy flowers and so I have There is now a vase of flowers constantly on my kitchen table Always refreshed when they die and mostly because of this book From a Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago geneticist s lab in one of several countries to the breeders in the Netherlands to therowers in Ecuador back to the "Netherlands for auction or directly to a wholesaler in Miami to a florist near you the arrangement " for auction or directly to a wholesaler in Miami to a florist near you the arrangement your living room is well traveled to say the least In Flower Confidential Amy Stewart takes us on an insightful behind the scenes journey through the floral industry following the chain from beginning to end around the world Along the way we learn that flowers and the people who Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F): Canadian Art: Volume I (A-F) grow them are affected not only by our aesthetic preferences and consumer choices but also by our political decisions ethical standards Few people would be familiar with the 1970 amendment to the Plant Patent Act of 1930 as few would know the tragedy behind the iconic Star Gazer lily but virtually everyone would recognize the flower Colorful clusters of mums have been a common sight in nurseries and florist shops for than half a century but few people living today remember that they suddenly disappeared during the forced internment of their propagators Japanese Americans When we send roses to Mom it s likely they ve been nurtured and picked by another mom in Columbia or Ecuador her story is worth reading too 35 Very interesting It took me a while toet into it for some reason and I couldn t help but feel that something was missing but I still enjoyed it uite a bit mostly because the topic is interesting Her style isn t super engaging for me but lots of folks disagree so Building the Cold War: Hilton International Hotels and Modern Architecture give it a shot I ll update after I send myself all my notes one benefit of e booksAlso I m surprised at the number of not soreat reviews from people that are like UGH FLOWERS ARE SO WASTEFUL and I hate flowers and ugh One Touch of Scandal girly stuff omgewgrosslookitmyalternativeinterests Get bent buttheads I muessing these people didn t finish the book or missed the point entirely PS Numerous studies actually show improvement in work performance and overall happiness when there s Bulletproof Feathers greenery andor flowers At least one of these studies is in the bibliography of the book So hate away and continue your sad miserable existence Since I suffer from allergies to everything thatrows I m not the sort of person to keep vases of flowers around But this book is fascinating even if one isn t particularly flower. Lily; a breeder of erberas of every color imaginable; and an Ecuadorean farmer rowing exuisite roses the floral euivalent of a Tiffany diamond And at every turn she discovers the startling intersection of nature and technology of sentiment and commerc. ,
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Better instinctive rasp of money than this book s author So for example when the author says she is confused why flower breeders are suandering so much time and treasure in a to this day unsuccessful search for a naturally occurring not spray painted blue rose when she can find no one who will admit to wanting one I have to remark that no one thought that they needed an Ipad or the Ode to Joy for that matter before they came to the market Yet when they appeared people seemed to believe that they somehow filled a void that they didn t even class="36f871b687241fc3eedbd88961111dfa" style="color: #9900CC; font-size: 28px;">"KNOW THEY HAD THE RESULT WAS AN AVALANCHE " that they had The result was an avalanche money for a few lucky people and also a eneral improvement in the world Blue roses might or might not be a monster smash on their first day on the market If they aren t a political movement lacking a symbol might adopt them or perhaps they will feature prominently in some lucrative romantic movie and before you know it they ll be flying off the shelves steadily for months at a stretch You don t need a rich imagination to envision this happening you just need to be walking around with your eyes openMy black and white Kindle of course could not present an adeuate picture of the so called Blue Rose produced by the Japanese whiskey making conglomerate Suntory in 2009 and described on page 47 However you can see a picture of it here among other places I agree with Stewart that sucker is purple Not Blue Purple They can call it blue but it s not blue because the twin best efforts of modernity and capitalism to the contrary words still mean things Why is a whiskey making conglomerate breeding flowers There s a pretty ood explanation in the bookI might be showing some sort of deep seated moralspiritualaesthetic deficit by admitting my relative immunity to the charms of flora but Stewart s repeated reaction in the book to nearly everything botanic specifically that she wants to pick it up stroke it own it hug it caress it take it home also struck me as rather odd I wanted to say You know flowers don t actually care if you love them However she doesn t let this distract her too much from documenting the flower industry Her enthusiasm for flowers sometimes translates into a resentment "Of Those Who Profit From "those who profit from but she acknowledges it and mostly keeps it under controlThere s a lot of personification of flowers in this book Commenting on the commercialization of flowers on page 184 of the Kindle edition Stewart writes If it seems like flowers have lost their soul in this process well they have My first reaction was to wheel out a massive siege engine of invective and prepare a missile asking if turnips weeds and ugly flowers have souls too or if souls just reside in pretty flowers that Stewart want to take home and snuggle After a nice lie down and some medication I decided that Stewart didn t mean soul in the sense of the hostly presence that is alleged to reside in human beings Instead I think that she meant the sense that we use sometimes when we speak of music or other arts that is a sense of a personal transmission of the emotional experience of the producer which cannot be summed up by the inadeuate words happy or sad to the receiver an attempt to bridge the Chicago Architecture (Architecture Urbanism) gulf between humans Anyway I hope that s what she meant because if you believe that flowers have actual souls it s hard to defend supporting an industry that murders them at the height of their beauty. O invent manufacture and sell flowers that are bigger brighter and sturdier than anything nature can provide There's a scientist intent on developing the firstenetically modified blue rose; an eccentric horitcultural legend who created the most popular. ,