The flowers are shipped to the Netherlands, sold in lots, and then resold to the U.K. as "Dutch" flowers. I leave it to wizards to explain how greenhouse flowers cost more than several ship cargoes through a middleman, because economists can't.
The U.S. is not complicit in such a tragedy, because we grow our own flowers in -- oh, s**t! California! Droughtland, USA! Better import 90 percent of our flowers from Colombia and Ecuador, instead.
Don't worry; Colombia's not at risk of drought, just exposing their underpaid employees to carcinogens, illegally firing them if they get pregnant, and smashing their attempts to unionize.
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Breathe deep the heady perfume of lavender mixed with wage-slavery by another name.
The Good News:
Working conditions are maybe getting a little better? Except probably not.
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"Thank you for these flowers that have surely contributed to my country's woes."