Basil sold in most stores is imported from Thailand. Tests show that it frequently contains small amounts of rat guano (droppings), from the little black rats found in the strawpiles of Thai farms, feeding on compost materials and waste. The rats rest in the basil bushes to get out of the tropical sun, and they "do their thing" in the basil. Flowers from the chain florist shops often come from Colombia. In the flower-growing farms or floriculturales of Colombia, farm workers (often teenage girls) have to work with the pesticides and herbicides; application is often done in an unprofessioinal manner. In addition to endangering the health of the campesinas who work with it, the chemical spray also damages the ecology of the cloud forest. On top of that, floriculture suppliers often are fronts for drug rings. The bouquet that you buy for your wife on Valentine's or Mother's Day could supply the funds to bring a nickel bag of coke into the nation. Fruits are often irradiated by the company shipping them. The rays used are a lesser intensity of the same rays used by the U.S. military in nuke experiments.