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    D.C. Metro to “Phantom Planter”: Stop Planting Flowers, Or Else!

    “It’s sort of beyond the scope of what you would imagine some private citizen would do,” said Washington, D.C., Metro spokesman Dan Stessel of Henry Docter’s activities. Indeed. It’s not often that a husband, father of two, part-time lawyer, children’s book author, and collage artist finds time to plant flowers … More

    Be Mine: Sugar Industry Should Welcome Free Trade

    Valentine’s Day is synonymous with roses, chocolate, and those wonderfully sweet heart-shaped sugar candies. What isn’t so sweet about the holiday of love is the “love” that the U.S. sugar program sends to consumers in the form of higher prices and fewer jobs. The federal government has been propping up … More

    The Tax on Mother’s Day Flowers

    With Mother’s Day around the corner, you better look out. It’s going to cost more than usual to send your mom a bouquet of flowers this year. Earlier this year, Congress allowed the Andean Trade Preference and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) to expire. As a result: U.S. flower importers face … More

    A Valentine's Day Wish for Free Trade

    Americans saved more than $16 million on roses last year thanks to U.S. trade policy toward Colombia. Under the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA), many products from Colombia are exempt from U.S. import tariffs. Colombia is the biggest supplier of cut flowers to U.S. consumers, and the ATPA exempts Colombian … More