U.S. Senate passes bipartisan resolution supporting American flower industry

The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) designating July as “American Grown Flower Month” and encouraging consumers to buy “Certified American Grown” flowers.

American consumers spend $27 billion on floral products each year. While the majority of Americans would prefer to buy locally grown flowers, only 20 percent of the flowers sold in the United States are grown domestically.

“During this time of social distancing, the cut flower industry has helped families and friends stay connected,” Sen. Feinstein said. “From the growers in the fields to the florists and delivery drivers, this industry is supporting American jobs during these tough economic times. Our resolution will encourage more people to look for the ‘Certified American Grown’ label so they can support local businesses and farmers as we continue to rebuild our economy.”

“Supporting the cut flower industry lifts up local businesses in California and across the country,” Senator Harris said. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on our economy, it’s important we encourage people to buy ‘Certified American Grown’ flowers. Our resolution recognizes the importance and value of supporting the American cut flower industry.”

“Alaska’s long summer days, cool soil conditions and moderate weather produce some of the most beautiful and saturated blooms in the world, a hot commodity for weddings and events around the country,” Senator Sullivan said. “During the month of July, we recognize the many small business owners and growers who have cultivated this burgeoning industry and built a strong and innovative economic sector for our state.”

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