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Valentine's Day 3: 'You carry the stories of the people who grow your flowers'.

"Corporación Cactus, a Colombian social justice organization, has called on shoppers to honor February 14th as International Flower-workers' Day. The Bogota-based organization cites the case of 43-year-old Daisy Perez, who started working at Arrayanes Flowers at the age of 19, "classifying thousands of flowers per hour." In 1995, Perez found herself working at a new company whose managers she describes as "crude, arrogant." A workplace accident left her body half-paralyzed and the company has denied her worker's disability claim.


Corporación Cactus is asking the world to pay tribute to Daisy and thousands of other workers who are "more important than thousands of flowers." On February 14, the workers simply ask that, when you buy an imported flower, you understand that you are "buying the sweat of many workers."


Valentine's Day is, at heart, all about caring for someone else. So extending those feelings of romantic butterflies and cuddly warmth to include thousands of unseen flower-workers half-a-world away is simply finding a way to celebrate this special occasion at a new, global level. So, enjoy Valentine's Day by making sure your red roses are local/fair trade and 'green'. Remember: when you buy organic and embrace your partner, you will also be embracing justice" (Source: Smith 2008


For US visitors, see this article in the Atlantic for more detail:


For UK visitors, see this post on War on Want's website for more detail:


See also Free2Work's 'Guidance for Consumers on Valentine's Day':


...and this Open University post on the 'Ethics of St. Valentine's Day':


Check out our 'Valentine's Day Playlist' on YouTube


Lego recreation by Ian Cook, with apologies/thanks to Livia Firth (see her short Handprint film in our 'Valentine's Day Playlist' on YouTube

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Taken on February 3, 2014