Tea Has a Conscience

Have you heard the publicity surrounding organic and fair-trade tea? If you have not, that is okay too. In all truth, I just heard about organic and fair-trade tea fairly recently. Turns out that tea is harvested by a number of people in developing countries working for menial wages and grown using harsh chemicals that can harm humans and the environment.

Fair Trade Symbol

Typically, tea is produced by manufacturers paying their workers extremely low wages and making them work in substandard environments. Fair trade stops these unfair practices by companies paying their workers a fair wage and working to improve the living standards and educational opportunities for their workers and families. A further explanation fair trade is it is an alternate economic model striving for globalized economic equality by honoring a fair price for products, fair wages, and safe working conditions for workers. Fair trade also works to eliminate unnecessary intermediaries thereby enabling and empowering the farmers and artisans to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global market.

USDA Organic Symbol

Organic tea is harvested without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or insecticides. Teas of this type are great for the environment, because the soil is enriched with natural compost and a layer of mulch to retain moisture while providing extra nutrients as it breaks down. Organic tea is also beneficial for farmers that tea plants can live more than 100 years. In addition to being good for farmers and the environment, it is good for you too. Organic tea provides superior flavor and health benefits from increased polyphenols and catechins. Both organic and fair-trade teas are more costly than traditional, industry-standard tea. In my opinion, it is worth it to pay a little more for a beverage that does not harm the environment or exploit its workers. It feels good to purchase tea with a conscience, which is why I choose tea by Organic Garden. The teas from this manufacturer have a delightful aroma and wonderful taste. Try a cup for yourself and tell me what you think. Enjoy!

6 thoughts on “Tea Has a Conscience

    1. Online Stores

      Steven, the article is clearly stated as having “Online Stores” as the author on the main page. The comments are not visible until you drill down, so most intelligent people would assume someone at Online Stores wrote the article.

  1. To suggest that conventional tea production, apart from organic tea, typically exploits labor and the land is a travesty. I have worked in teh industry for 35 years and in 26 tea countries and it is just not typical. Neither is there any evidence that organic teas have higher levels of catechins and polyphenols. Nor is it true that for tea production to be sustainable it has to be organic. And evidence to date suggests that much of Fair Trade is, at the pluckers’ level, considerably less fair than it is to the packer. Consumers who want a “quick fix” easing of their conscience will not – if they care to examine the evidence – find it in organic or fairtrade labels.

  2. I am intrested in obtaining teabags for a srecial type of tea a bag that
    can be boiled a second time requested by customer
    i dont know if you have this in your stock if so please let me know
    bag must be able to stand boiling for at least 20 minutes.customer
    request a second boiling brings out more
    bag with string that can take two 20 minutes boiling

    thank you

    1. A.C. Cargill

      Since tea bags are not usually placed in boiling water (the water is boiled, then poured into a steeping vessel, such as a teapot, with tea bags in it), I do not have a solution for you. Best wishes in your search and thanks for reading! 🙂

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