Thank Colombia for the roses you get or give on Valentine’s Day

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1 of 3 Workers process roses in Tocancipa, Colombia. Flowers going to Canada are boxed in blue cardboard. The region has long, sunny days, high elevation and plenty of cheap labor, which makes it perfect for growing… (Matt McClain/The Washington Post) More The majority of roses Americans give one another on Valentine’s Day, roughly 200 million in all, grow here, the savanna outside Bogotá, Colombia, summoned from the soil by 12 hours of natural sunlight, the 8,400-foot altitude and an abundance of cheap labor. MADRID, Colombia — The majority of roses Americans give one another on Valentine’s Day, roughly 200 million in all, grow here, the savanna outside Bogotá, summoned from the soil by 12 hours of natural sunlight, the 8,400-foot altitude and an abundance of cheap labor. Thousands of acres of white-tarped greenhouses, some the size of several football fields, are crammed with seven-foot stems topped with rich red crowns. Many are pulled into warehouses by horses, chilled to sleep in refrigeration rooms and then packed with other flowers onto planes — 1.1 million at a time — to be sold in the United States. It’s peak season for a massive Colombian industry that shipped more than 4 […]