"Why should you care? Because, cut flower farming in the United States is one
of the last bastions of the family farm. Agribusiness hasn’t taken over flowers like it
has commodity crops in the U.S. However, American-grown flowers only account
for twenty percent of all flowers sold in the U.S.
Imported flowers are only competitive because they take advantage of low-cost
labor, less stringent environmental regulations and a powerful international lobby."
(Debra Prinzing/Slow Flowers)
"Shipping flowers from other countries to the United States incurs huge
transportation, energy, refrigeration, and storage costs, leaving an
enormous carbon footprint. These floral materials may carry residue of
chemical pesticides or fungicides.
Imported flowers are often cut a week or more before they arrive in a consumer's
hands. During this time, quality and vase life decline.
Many commodity-type flowers have been bred for uniformity to fit into a box, and
the stem strength to hold up in that box for long-distance travel, usually losing
their natural fragrance in the process. Locally-grown flowers are produced in
greater varieties, providing a wide range of colors, forms, and scents.
The production and sale of locally-grown cut flowers contribute to a community's
economy, and provides employment and valuable agriculture experience to young
For us at Peony Acres, it's not about a sense of Nationalism, it's about
saving American flower farms.
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