Deconstructing Organic Tea: does it matter?

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The word organic can be just as polarizing as any other potentially controversial topic. Those who are pro-organic are often viewed as being hyper-vigilant and unnecessarily conspiracy driven about their food. And the pro-organic people can see those who aren’t in the same camp as lesser-than. Like most issues, however, the answer isn’t so clear cut. Especially when it comes to organic tea.

Knowledge is Power

I’m a firm believer that everyone has the right to their own decisions regarding their bodies and what you decide to put in it, and that your decision is the right one for you when it’s an informed decision. So my goal here isn’t to sway you one way or the other, but to give you some facts. The decision is yours to make.

For myself, I choose organic whenever possible but don’t melt down if something we eat or put on/in our bodies isn’t organic. I strive for balance. And to me that puts the scale heavier on the organic side.

Organic Tea vs. Nonorganic

Over the recent years there have been numerous studies that have found high levels of pesticides and other industrial chemicals to be present in teas, mainly in the big multi-national brands. After each report, all the governmental agencies and tea boards reply that everything is within the legal, and assumed healthy, limits. But the truth about organic tea lies somewhere in the middle.

All produce growers are allowed to use some chemicals in the field. Those with a certified organic status are limited to a certain amount of certain chemicals, whereas all others are free to use what and how much they want. Organic doesn’t automatically mean pure perfection, rather it means less of the stuff you might not want.

And what about the farmers using organic practices but without the expensive official status? It can be quite confusing and overwhelming if you’re trying to limit your exposure to these kinds of substances.

The Verdict on Organic Tea. If there is one.

My choice, both for myself and for sourcing teas for the shop, is to go organic when the option is there. But always choosing teas from trusted sources. A trusted source includes fair wages, sustainable farming practices, and ingredients that are close to the earth. Am I militant about organic tea? No. Conscious? Yes.

I hope I’ve given you some food, or tea, for thought, because knowledge leads to informed choice. And informed choice leads to good decisions. Remember, your decision for you is just that: your decision. You get to choose what is important to you.



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