> They could save a life. Tens of thousands of workers in Central and South America work in floriculture, and studies show they're suffering pesticide poisoning as a result. Increased demand for organic blooms means more plantations will want to conform to higher standards.

> They're better for the environment. Pesticides don't stay where you put them. They drift in the wind and seep into soil, contaminating nearby food crops and local water supplies. Organic farmers maintain healthier soil that's ideal for sustainable farming.

> They won't break the bank. Of course, organic blooms are pricier than nonorganics, but the gap is closing. A dozen organic roses will set you back about $50.

> They look as good. Organic flowers are just as beautiful and fragrant as nonorganic flowers.

> They promote good health for you and your family. You can sink your nose into an organic bouquet and sniff freely without worrying about inhaling pesticide residue.