A study released by the National Retail Federation predicts that on Valentine's Day consumers will pay over $5 billion for flowers to express their affection. There's no better way to say "I love you" than to make sure your flowers are grown without toxic pesticides.
Did you know there are no national rules for levels of pesticide residues on flowers we bring into our homes? Plus, most cut flowers sold in the U.S. are grown where workers suffer major health problems from pesticide exposures, long hours, and bad working conditions.
In California, the top three pesticides used on greenhouse flowers are fumigants -- the very chemicals that PAN activists have been working hard to eliminate. Methyl bromide, one of these fumigants, is acutely toxic and can cause birth defects.
It is unclear how many of these pesticides end up on the flowers in your bouquet! So cherish the health of your sweetheart and the planet: go organic.
Tell your loved ones about a world without hazardous pesticides -- and encourage them to enjoy organic flowers. If you can't find local organic flowers, go to PAN's Special Offers. When you buy from California Organic Flowers, they donate 12% of your purchase to PAN's work.
Kathryn Gilje, Executive Director