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The roses you send Mom may have travelled 4,000+ kilometres

Roses are the perfect Mother’s Day gift, made possible by energy and our global transportation network

If you think roses are the perfect way to show Mom you care on Mother’s Day, you’re not alone. Twenty-five per cent of annual flower sales are purchased to honour Canadian moms. And while Canada is blessed with many natural resources, (with a few exceptions) a climate conducive to growing big, beautiful roses isn’t one of them.

In 2010, Canada imported $23.5 million worth of roses from the South American country of Colombia. (In fact, almost a third of all cut flowers sold in Canada come from Colombia, where the Bogota Plateau has ideal soil and climate for growing flowers). So that Mother’s Day bouquet you ordered may have made a journey of more than 4,000 kilometres, with the support of today’s incredibly quick and efficient global transportation network, powered primarily by oil and natural gas.