Global perspectives: Re-tracing the roots of Holland’s tulip fields

This programme is part of the series Global Perspective
Tulips at the Keukenhof (© Flickr/Martien Uiterweerd)

A group of international broadcasters exchanges documentaries with a common theme. This five-part series examines the way in which global forces are challenging business and industry, changing our lives.

The Netherlands has dominated the tulip trade for hundreds of years. In this age of global markets, however, Holland’s tulip fields are being displaced by international economic forces, strict European rules on the use of pesticides and a growing shortage both of labour and land now coveted as valuable real estate. The tulip bulb came to Europe from the East, but present-day economic forces are shifting the cultivation of this flower back to Asia.

Producer: Michele Ernsting

Broadcast: May 3, 2002

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