MODERNIZING HISTORIC INDUSTRY

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STORY: MODERNIZING HISTORIC INDUSTRYDATELINE: DEC 6, 2011LENGTH: 0:05:58LOCATION: HAGUEINTROWhen you think of the Netherlands, you probably picture endless fields of flowers.The reason? The Netherlands has made growing flowers one of its staple industries. But, in a 21st century world plagued by an economic slowdown, how is the historic business surviving? Lifestyles traveled to Holland to find out. PKGIn the heart of the Netherlands, just outside of Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, is the home of the country's famed flower industry. In this region alone, more than 4,500 hectares is set aside for growing flowers. As a result, greenhouses have become just as common as windmills! Here, flowers of every shape, size and color are grown from bulbs. But, this once booming industry has seen better days.SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) KAREL VAN RIJIN, ROSE GROWER"What you see is that, a couple of years ago we grow a thousand hectares of roses, right now there is around 400 hectares and in the future there is
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