Everyone has heard about the volcano in Iceland. Ash is causing airlines to cancel flights all across Europe. Did you know that the international flower industry is among the hardest hit by the eruption?
The world flower trade is an amazingly efficient and complex business (see Amy Stewart's book, Flower Confidential). But, there is little room for disruption when working with perishable cargo. The volcano is forcing huge flower producers from the Netherlands to as far away as Kenya to dump literally tons of product and send workers home because of airport closures. Wall Street Journal reporter John Miller expects flower prices to rise in the United States as imports decrease.
Another reason to buy flowers from local growers - they're volcano-proof.