Each year, Americans spend billions on blossoms for their loved ones without realizing the environmental consequences. Countries like Ecuador and Colombia, which supply us with the bulk of our cut flowers, rely heavily on pesticides to ensure these blooms enter the States bug-free. One study in Ecuador found that children of workers who were pregnant when exposed to pesticides (mostly in greenhouses) had higher blood pressure and greater risk of developmental delays. This Valentine's Day, show your main squeeze -- and the planet -- just how much you care by purchasing an organic assortment instead. Find sunset roses, stargazer lilies, and even organic chocolates at organicbouquets.com, or dazzle your beloved with a vase of striking organic sunflowers from californiaorganicflowers.com.
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