Organic Tea vs Non Organic Tea
The short of it: Organic has more of what we want, and less of what we don’t want.
The long of it: Organic foods often taste better because they are truer to the natural state of the agricultural product. Their production offers a wide variety of benefits for us, as well as for the environment, through the use of earth-friendly agricultural practices.
We care about the well-being of those involved in the tea making process. By offering organic teas, we are promoting the health of farmers as well as their land. Sustainable practices such as those implemented by organic agriculture will enable the next generation of tea lovers to enjoy natural, true-tasting tea.
Health & Environment
Generally, organic foods are richer in nutrients derived from the healthy soil in which they are grown. Conversely, conventionally farmed foods are sprayed with pesticides (often associated with health risks from asthma to cancer) that disrupt the soil’s natural balance. Organic farming replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers, instead using natural methods to control pests, weeds and disease. When you buy organic, you’re reducing the chances of your food containing harmful chemicals, while simultaneously promoting ecological well-being. Reducing the use of toxic chemicals will help prevent the pollution of our soil, air, water and food supply.
Organic products are free from genetic modifications - a relatively new food technology that is still in the process of being understood. If you’re like us, the idea of genetically modifying the makeup of your food is unsettling; let’s keep it natural.
Read more about organic farming and the environment here:
What does Organic mean?
The term Organic describes both how an agricultural product is grown and processed. An organic product is free of chemicals, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, genetic modifications, and field use of sewage sludge as fertilizer. It is also minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation. These practices maintain the integrity of the food, preserve ecological harmony and promote biodiversity.
What does “Certified Organic” mean?
“Certified Organic” means a third-party certifying organization accredited by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has verified that a product meets the standards established by the National Organic Program (NOP). This program was created by the USDA in 2002. The NOP regulates all aspects of organic food production, including handling, labeling, processing, delivery and retail sale. It also accredits state agencies and private organizations to inspect and certify organic facilities.
To learn more about the NOP and its regulations, visit: www.ams.usda.gov
How do I know it’s really Organic?
You can be confident that our teas are organic when you see the USDA seal of approval. Organic food production is the most regulated food production system in the world. The organic process from seed to store must be both transparent and traceable.
Are Non Organic Teas Safe?
Non Organic teas can be just as safe as organic teas provided you know the source of the grower and can validate their methods of tea production. Use caution when selecting non organic teas from any source you do not know or trust. Some non-organic tea farms typically operating in lower elevations near the water line will mass produce tea using pesticides and raw sewage for fertilization. Because these farms are located at sea level they rely on the run off of rainwater from the mountain. This rainwater carries sewage, debris and just about everything else down the mountain before it reaches the tea farm for irrigation. Until we saw it for ourselves we couldn’t believe that was even possible. Worse yet, these farms operate in the middle of cities that are riddled with factory pollution, automobile emissions among other harmful environmental factors with no governmental restrictions in place. Unfortunately the average consumer does not really give much thought to all of this. They assume that because tea is packaged in a nice container with a fancy label it must be safe to consume. Fortunately our bodies are designed to handle certain levels of bacteria which is why you don’t see hundreds of millions of people getting violently ill from this inferior grade of tea being consumed daily. Perhaps this why we don’t see more people getting sick from the massive consumption of fast food in the United States? Most of us know that if you continue to put unhealthy products into your body, over time your body will reap the effects of those unhealthy products.
We have made it our mission to understand the source of the teas we provide and implement safeguards to insure that ALL of our teas meet or exceed Organic Guidelines. For this reason we only source teas from farms that meet EU (European Union), Kosher and/or USDA Certified Organic Guidelines.
Some of our very best teas come from non-organic farms that are family owned for generations located in the high elevation regions of Japan, Taiwan and China. Because these farms are located above the pest line there is no need for fertilization simply because there are no pests to eradicate. Many of these tea farms produce limited amounts of fine quality tea and find it difficult to absorb the high cost of maintaining organic certification with such limited output. These tea farmers maintain EU and Organic guidelines in every aspect of their production to insure the product is of the highest quality as it has been for generations.
At Lifetime Tea, we offer EU, Kosher and USDA Organic Certified teas because they are the very best available. We only offer non organic teas when they are of exceptional quality grown at high elevation and simply not available in organic form from growers we know and trust.