From Volcano to Vase: The Long Journey of Your Valentine's Day Roses - Ecuador
Valentine's Day approaches, bringing with it the requisite red and pink overload, heart-shaped silliness and sudden craving for roses (do NOT believe anyone who assures you that they don't want a dozen right about now). Colombia is the biggest exporter of cut flowers to the US but Ecuador isn't doing too bad either with US$166 million in cut flowers exported to the US in 2012.
Paid for by patrons
From Volcano to Vase: the Long Journey of Your Valentine's Day Roses
Odds are, the roses you got (or covetted, sorry) for Valentine's Day came from Ecuador. We went inside the pre-Valentine's Day madness at one rose farm where 220,000 stems were being shipped EVERY DAY.