TeaFanatic wrote:The problem that I have with organic is that it is not necessarily better for you. Everyone is today's world is seeking the most pure things because they think everything is healthier without chemicals.
The fact though is that many chemicals are actually GOOD for us, and comprise every product that we eat. Just because a tea is not organic does not mean that pesticides were used.
Very true...but many individual farmers in foreign counties including China are notorious for using chemicals banned in the US or even banned in their own countries...chemicals such as DDT are still being used; or simply unsafe application practices are used; or chemicals that are not designed for food products because they do not break down are being used.
So non organic can be
quite BAD for you.
That said, I rarely buy organic (a personal paradox)...but I am very particular about vendors and I ask a lot of questions.
Well, that is half ture. because some tea bush grows in some less high mountains, pesticides must be used for avoiding insects. but in very high mountains, it is not nessessary to use pesticides, because temperature is very cold, air is very pure, and tea bush insects are not easy to live.
so, using pesticides condition should be considered according to the climate and mountain elevation.
But, for me, I prefer Organic, at least it shows teas has less or non pesticides content. In fact, the warehouse of Organic tea is very special, total wooden materials with dry conditions.
In fact, Organic standards is very hard to get, because some pesticides contents be kept into soil, airs for three or four years. The Real Organic means there are no any pesticides in Soil, Air, Processing machine, Warehouse, even package.
No one can say this tea is organic or not. Organic teas must be approved by International Research Institude. It should be tested by them for each pesticides content, about 20 pesticides contents testing reports. If the testing resuilts of any content is none, tea will be labelled as Organic. but his testing is not a long - term valid. just for one year valid.
In USA, any organic tea must be labelled by NOP Certificate, if the tea do not have this certificate, it do not allowed to sold as Organic.