What is organic?You've probably noticed organic products all over the aisles at your local supermarket. As a big trend in shopping, organic products have caught the attention of both environmentalists and foodies. But if you have yet to latch on to this trend, you may be wondering: what's the big deal? Turns out, organic products can have a huge impact on your health. This is true of everything from fruits to veggies and even tea! The following are just a few of the many benefits organic tea has to offer:
Better tasteBetter taste is a certainly a subjective matter, but if you've ever tasted a specially crafted organic tea, you already know that the taste is far superior to big brand teas. There's also scientific reasons why organic teas actually taste better:
The aroma and flavour of tea come from phytochemicals the leaves of the tea plant (camellia sinensis) stores up to protect itself from invaders like microbes and insects. Organic tea plants that are not protected by pesticides tend to build up higher levels of these flavour-producing phytochemicals in order to defend themselves against their natural predators.
Organic plants are often allowed to blossom and ripen at their own natural pace, instead of being sped to harvest with chemical feed, so they have time to develop more of their natural sugars and other chemical compounds which contribute to the tea's final flavour.
Organic crops benefit from soil that is higher in nutrients, so plants are better nourished and fed.
Better healthCertified organic tea is free of synthetic fertilisers, herbicides, and pesticides. Organic tea agriculture sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic tea agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.
Every year, new research demonstrates the toxicity of synthetic pesticides to human health and the environment, often at doses previously declared "safe" by the pesticide industry and the government. A recent EU study1 in 2017 again warned pesticides are far more dangerous than previously thought - including a higher risk to birth defects, damage to the nervous system; disruption of hormones and endocrine systems; respiratory disorders; skin and eye irritations; and various types of cancers. Herbicides have also been associated with certain cancers and Parkinson’s Disease.
As you can see, the best way to prevent such damage is to maintain a primarily organic diet.
Better environmentThe current practices utilised in the mass production of tea aren’t sustainable; the heavy use of pesticides and fertilisers is slowly depleting land that should have been arable for much longer.
Organic tea farming practices don’t rely on synthetic pesticides and fertilisers to maintain a high yield. Organic tea farming relies heavily on the natural breakdown of organic matter, using techniques like green manure and composting, to replace nutrients taken from the soil by previous crops. This biological process allows the natural production of nutrients in the soil throughout the growing season, and has been referred to as feeding the soil to feed the plant. The use of organic methods ensures that people will be able to drink delicious organic teas for years to come.
Synthetic fertilisers on the other hand, play a major role in contaminating the environment. A relatively small amount of the nitrogen contained in fertilisers applied to the soil is actually absorbed by plants. The rest runs off into waterways, where it can create massive "algal blooms." The overgrown nitrate-fed algae starve water of oxygen, suffocating fish and other aquatic life. Runoff nitrogen also leaches into groundwater, contaminating drinking water and creating potentially widespread health hazards.
By including organic tea in your diet, you are contributing to the long-term health and vitality of both Mother Nature and your own body. Brew a cup of Revelation Organics and experience the wonder of organic tea for yourself.