Happy Valentine's Day

ZieglerblogToday is one of busiest days of the year for the floral industry.  Whether or not you’re the lucky recipient of a Valentine’s bouquet, it’s interesting to think about where all of these flowers come from.  The L.A. Times features a story about just how much the origins of cut flowers have changed in recent years: "Up until the early 1980s, most of the flowers sold in the market were
domestically grown, with the bulk coming from farms in California. . . . Now as much as 75% of the fresh flowers sold annually in the United States come from abroad, according to industry estimates."   Duke Press author Catherine Ziegler contemplates this very phenomenon in her book Favored Flowers.  She follows cut flowers along the commodity chain from fields in Latin America to vendors on the streets of New York City. 

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