How It's Made

Season 3 Episode 8

Fresh-cut Flowers/Adhesive Tape/Tofu/Lottery Tickets

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 25, 2003 on The Science Channel
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Fresh-cut Flowers/Adhesive Tape/Tofu/Lottery Tickets
This episode demonstrates the production processes for fresh-cut flowers, adhesive tape, tofu and lottery tickets, and shows how each is made.
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  • Not even real....

    I just watched the first part of the episode...on the fresh cut flowers. I am a florist and there is a lot more to the production of cut flowers (like the international market, quality scale...not the length, and the drying process...not to mention the super hydration, the cooling stasis the flowers enter for transport and the packaging methods)

    95% of all the US flowers come from overseas....This episode should have shown the auctions at Alsmeer as well as the South American growers, not to mention the American import hub of Miami that has more flower "percona" chop shops than beach goers.

    Working in production greenhouses is a very dirty job with a risk set of all of its own. NPR (National Public Radio) did a segment on the flower market two years ago around Valentines day that illustrated health risks and the slave labor used in many countries: Women with hair falling out, children that were born deformed due to the pesticides, and so on. They also covered the attempt to regulate the industry using the German FLP program....which again was not referred to FLP is not just a labor/pesticide regulation, it also stands for top quality; as by law Europe must import mostly FLP certified flowers....and it is a very picky market.

    The drying segment was completely out of whack. Drying is not done by "turning" the open blooms upside down in a charming "Martha Manner" in a rustic drying shed. Professional drying is done with one of 2 time tested methods: Freeze Drying or Desiccant Drying. There is a 3d being wax, but it has not gained national acceptance nor viability. Pressed flowers are another method, but it reduces the item to a flat form. The "upside down" hanging method is the drying artform for people that like the "primitive" art result of shriveled flowers. Look at "bouquet preservation" on google...there is not one shriveled rose in any arrangements there...because they are not dried upside down...

    On the upside...the initial arrangement must be given some credit because they used wax flower as a filler and not baby's breath.... At least someone knows how to design in a manner less cheesy than the program itself.


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