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When a rose is more than just a rose

Labor rights are a growing concern as the “Occupy Wall Street” movement gains steam both in the United States and abroad. But even as workers demand better conditions on the job, consumers are demanding ever-lower prices. Is it possible to satisfy both the worker and the consumer — or does something have to give? Roberto Nevado founded Nevado Roses in Ecuador in 1996 with a focus on improving the rights of workers in one of the world’s most prolific rose-producing regions. The company also places an emphasis on sustainable production, using an organic process to grow roses and carnations. Nevado co-owns the business with his son John.

This is the latest installment in the “Five Questions” series where we ask industry, thought and academic leaders five questions about what’s next.

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