Cut flowers are flowers that are to be used in floral arrangements, bouquets, etc. are grown and marketed. The world market for cut flowers in 2000 had a volume of about 7 billion U.S. $. The largest exporters of cut flowers are the Netherlands, Colombia, Israel, Ecuador, Kenya and Spain. The world's largest importer of cut flowers is Germany.
Both the working conditions and the environmental impact of intensive international flower production have caused widespread criticism. are from this criticism was the creation of the "Flower Label Program (FLP) state by the socially and ecologically sound produced flowers marked in trade (see also Fair Trade).