Charles wrote:I'm curious how important "buying organic" is to you? What percentage of the tea you buy today is organic? Finally, how important is organic to you in other foods you buy? (Meat, cheese, produce, wine, etc.?)
I might drink more Chinese tea if I knew it was pesticide free.
Given China's current track record on concern for export safety, human life and the environment, I'm not sure I have any reason to trust Chinese tea labeled as "organic" either.
I still love many Chinese teas, but I have more peace of mind drinking Japanese and Indian on a daily basis.
As for "organic," I buy organic food wherever practically and economically possible.
I do this for my own health, the health of the planet, and because whether by causation or correlation, organic produce so often tastes better.
I realize there is an expense associated with certification, and I think this is part of the problem.
In an ideal world, a tax on conventional agriculture would go to funding any and all aspects of the organic certification process. Maybe even help fund sustainable agriculture research, etc.