Do flowers imported from South America have more pesticides than flowers grown in the U.S.?



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    Americans have a high demand for cut flowers, the most exotic of which grow in warm and/or tropical areas. Imported flowers such as birds-of-paradise, orchids, and flamingo lilies cost more on the market than traditional roses, daisies, or dafodils, which can be grown easily in the US. Since exotic flowers come from outside the country, heavy amounts of pesticides are used to kill any insects that could make the journey from countries like Colombia to the United States. American authorities are strict about the flowers being bug-free, but relatively lax about toxicity levels, which would not meet levels required for American companies.

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