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Flower industry blooming south of border

It's the holiday celebrating the most important women in our families. As many of you head out to buy flowers for mom this weekend, it's helping an industry bloom south of the border. When it comes to celebrating Mothers' Day this weekend, Americans will more often than not turn to the local florist for a little help expressing their feelings. According to data from the National Retail Federation, almost 75 percent of us who are celebrating mother's day will buy some flowers. It adds up to a whopping $2.3 billion in flower sales for the day. One thing that might surprise mom is that those lovely roses, carnations or chrysanthemums probably came from Colombia. The country, better known for its illegal imports to the US, has been working hard to grab a big piece of the "floriculture" market here. Government figures show more than 2 billion freshly-cut stems come to the US from Colombia each year. And a nice side benefit for mom? Colombian flower farms are providing jobs for women. According to figures from the Colombian Association of Flower Exporters, women make up more than 60 percent of the workforce.

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