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by Jonathan Vatner | March 29, 2011

Green centerpieceMost flowers sold in the United States are flown in from Central America, where workers often are not treated well and the flowers are sprayed heavily with pesticides. Ask your vendors to buy from local flower farms and those that are Fair Trade Certified or Veriflora Certified. Thanks to Josef Reiter of Botanica Floral Design in Portland, Ore. (503-358-4687; botanicafloralpdx.com), for the idea.