A Picture is Worth...Tulips in Holland
AP Spiegel Online
From Amy Stewart's Flower Confidential:
- The famous Dutch flower auction at Aalsmeer handles 19 million flowers per day.
- Americans spend $1.98 billion on flowers and plants for Mother’s Day.
- 78% of all cut flowers sold in the United States are imported, primarily from Latin America. This amounts to about 2.9 billion imported stems, most of them coming from Colombia and Ecuador.
- A typical wage on an Ecuadorian flower farm is $150 per month. Wages represent less than four cents for every rose sold.