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Roses are red, just not green

Created 2/8/2019 by Veronica Marzilli
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According to the latest from the folks at ACEEE, the energy cost of America's tradition of red roses as Valentines  isn’t very romantic:

Of the 250 million roses Americans buy on Valentine’s Day, 90% are imported, requiring refrigeration and hundreds of cargo planes. Even domestically grown flowers require temperature control and land transportation. Curious about the energy involved in your bouquet?

Every February, Americans shell out big bucks in the name of romance. In 2019, the National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend a record $20.7 billion on Valentine’s gifts, a 6% increase from last year. One-third of romantics plan to give flowers, two-thirds of which will be roses, the top choice. But most won’t come from the U.S.

In recent decades, the South American flower trade has boomed. As bulk flower imports became cheap and plentiful, supermarkets and large corporations such as Walmart began to edge out local florists as America’s primary flower vendors. As a result, the domestic flower market  has shrunk dramatically.

See  ACEEE's blog post for more: 
http://www2.aceee.org/e/310911/re-red-they-might-not-be-green/6hnj7h/299975738?h=64z-vVT_p80V6tEHVFfqowEGqKd0_p5MFaVVzw2zUL8
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