Why Should You Consider Buying Organic Tea?

Why Should You Consider Buying Organic Tea?

Organic tea has been growing in popularity in recent years, as the organic movement as a whole has grown collectively. Brands that specialize in offering organic tea have been growing in popularity and even mainstream tea companies whose products are available in supermarkets have also begun to add more organic offerings too.
Why is buying organic tea important?
The principal two benefits of buying organic tea are avoiding toxic compounds in your tea and protecting the environment in the areas where the tea is physically grown.
Toxic Chemicals/Compounds:
Many people are not conscious of it, but the production of tea can include harmful and toxic chemicals used such as pesticides. Most tea is grown in countries like China and India that have lax environmental measures when compared to the standards of countries like the United States or countries in the European Union. When used carelessly, these chemicals can contaminate teas and pose health hazards to the people who are drinking the tea. Tea, especially green tea, is sometimes promoted for its cancer-preventing attributes, but many of the chemicals used in its generation are recognized as toxins or carcinogens.
Even when the finished tea is safe for human consumption, the use of these chemicals can create health difficulties for people who administer the chemicals, and also for people who reside in nearby areas that can become contaminated by these chemicals. Buying tea created in this manner can thus add to environmental contamination and health difficulties.
Nutrient Pollution from Fertilizer:
In an extension of the dilemma of chemicals that are outright toxic, conventional agriculture can also degrade the environment through its over-use of fertilizer. Growing tea requires the application of fertilizer because organic matter is continually being taken away as tea leaves are harvested. But the application of synthetic fertilizers can acidify soils and provide too much nitrogen to runoff, which can damage the ecosystems in streams, rivers, and bays downstream from the region where the tea is produced. Not only does this hurt ecosystems, but it can harm the fishing industry as well. Organic fertilizer does not fully solve these problems just outlined, but it does greatly reduce it.
What does organic certification mean?
Organic certification varies depending on the certifying association, but in general, it requires that tea (or whatever product is being certified) is produced without using artificial chemicals, including fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Organic certification prevents the use of GMOs (genetically-modified organisms) and demands that the land has been supported in a state free of synthetic chemicals for a number of years. The certification also includes record-keeping requirements to guarantee that organic and non-organic materials are held separately.
The USDA certifies products as organic in the U.S., and there are a number of other certifying agencies in other countries.
Organic agriculture is not perfect:
Organic agriculture is a move in the correct direction but it is not an immediate solution to all environmental difficulties. Some companies have wrongly marketed their products as organic in order to sell them for a higher price, so it is important to confirm the certification of teas you buy. Organic agriculture can still have negative impacts on the environment, and organic certification does not discuss the question of fair wages for workers as fair trade certification does.
Is organic tea more expensive?
Sometimes organic tea is more expensive, but the prices of teas are very variable and many organic teas are comparable in price to non-organic teas. There is little reason not to buy organic tea these days. As more people shift to buying organic tea and organic products in general, we will be able to begin addressing more environmental and public health issues as we clean up the earth’s ecosystems and have toxic chemicals out of our environment.

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