Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. Or if you are one of those people, happy grumpy I-hate-this-silly-manufactured-nonsense day. It will assuredly be a day of blissful complaining for you.
Think Valentine’s Day is the sort of thing Mother Jones wouldn’t cover? Wrong! There’s always a MoJo angle. In 2003, we sent a correspondent out to find a truly organic, pesticide-free Valentine’s Day rose. The results — surprise! — were not good. A year earlier, we examined the environmental and human cost of Ecuador’s rose industry — the world’s fourth largest and a major exporter to the United States. Just a loving reminder from Mother Jones that consumer ethics never take a holiday.