Since the 1970s, flower production has grown immensely and as a result, we have become aware of the impact of massive production on our soil, on our way of living, and on our planet earth.
Not only an ecological constraint, but unlike intensive agriculture, whose goal is to reduce inequalities by producing enough food, the intensive production of flowers is only carried out to satisfy the world’s affluent people, for the primary reason that the products are not affordable for all to enjoy. Moreover, we can also add in the working conditions practiced in some countries that demonstrate the lack of respect that the intensive flower production industry has for ecological, economic, and human standards. A case in point is the means of flower production in Kenya, especially in Naivasha, which are deemed unethical because this industry uses the same freshwater sourced from the groundwater that is used by the locals for their drinking water.
So, in our opinion, flowers must be produced with a single ethic because these beauties are not a need but indeed a luxury.
And here is where Paris’s first floral farm comes into play. After many years of anticipation, a small farm called “Plein Air” came to life in 2017, allowing flowers to flourish without any pesticides, any insecticides, or any chemical fertilizers. Instead, it only uses natural cultivation methods , especially micro-organisms and biodynamics inspired by Dr. Teruo Higa. All the flowers are compatible with our soil and they grow in their natural seasons. Furthermore, some types of the planted flowers are very enriching for our soil, such as the poppies pictured below.
Photos: Pleins air Paris
Even if we all aren’t scientifically gifted, we all could do little things, like creating our own compost, not using chemical products to avoid polluting our water, our groundwater and our soil, discovering the virtues of all plants, even weeds, and being aware of where the flowers you buy come from. The impacts of each of these gestures would be very appreciated by our environment.
To check out Plein air Paris, take a trip to the Belleville Cemetery. Take the main alley at the bottom, take a right and go through the green gate.
Visits by appointment only Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
Open to the public for visits or purchases on certain Saturdays from 2 pm to 5 pm.