Why choose certified organic tea and what is all the fuss about?
Organic tea production has a far gentler impact on the environment than conventional agriculture by eliminating the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Meaning organic teas yield a variety of benefits over conventional teas. Organic agriculture is better for our atmosphere. Conventional farming relies on synthetic fertilisers and other agrochemicals that are very energy-intensive to produce. This process results in the emission of carbon and other contaminants, which contributes to global climate change and various forms of air pollution.
The organic practices that emerged focused on traditional farming methods—used for thousands of years before chemicals were introduced is to conserve and improve soil. Improved soil conditions, is thought to provide a sustainable agriculture solution that would yield better tasting and more nutritious food.
The ugly side of using synthetic pesticides and chemicals used in conventional growing methods is they are transferred into groundwater and can pollute water in nearby streams, rivers and lakes. They can also leach soil nutrients, destroy soil structure and leave the ground vulnerable to erosion. Conventional, non-organic growers manage pests and disease using synthetic pesticides and feed plants with chemical fertilizers. These pesticides and chemicals can also leave residue on (and in) a plant that those working with the plant may be exposed to and that may be ingested when the plant is consumed.
But organic practices that feed and protect plants and soil with natural and renewable resources—such as manure, compost, plant cuttings and mulch—can improve the soil’s ability to retain nutrients and improve soil structure over time, creating an ecosystem that is healthy and sustainable for the long-term.
Here’s some of the theories as to why organic foods taste better:
The aroma and flavour of a plant come from phytochemicals the plant stores up to protect itself from invaders like microbes and insects. Organic plants that are not protected by pesticides tend to build up higher levels of these flavour-producing phytochemicals 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 plant’s final flavor. Organic crops benefit from soil that is higher in nutrients, so plants are better nourished and fed.
Before a product can be labeled ‘organic,’ a Government-approved certifier like BioGro for example in New Zealand inspects the farm where the food is grown to make sure the farmer is following all the rules necessary to meet certified organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food must be certified organic too.
So, another word’s not just anyone can slap an organic label on a product and call it ‘good’. The government-regulated organic certification program define how foods must be grown and processed before they can be labeled organic. The certification process is time consuming, costly and the certification standards are rigorous.
This process assures consumers that when they buy something labeled organic they’re buying a product free of toxic chemicals and the company they’re buying from supports farming methods that benefit the environment.
For centuries, cultures around the world have harnessed the power of plants to heal. Plant medicine has powerful compounds that are easily utilized by the body. It supports and enhances your body's physiological functions for better health.
One example of a great New Zealand owned and operated company that exists to harness the power of traditional plant medicine is Artemis based in South Dunedin.
Sandra Clair moved to New Zealand from Switzerland and its was in Dunedin that Sandra planted roots with her husband, Deiter, and opened her clinic in 1998. The traditional plant medicine she could usually prescribe was now out of reach. Using the knowledge passed down from Sister Pauline, Sandra created her own therapeutic remedies. Word spread fast about "Sandra Clair's Remedies" - their effectiveness unmatched. As demand grew, so did Sandra's determination to give the power of plant medicine to all. Driven by her duty to a 500-year-old lineage, she launched her company Artemis. As Artemis delivers her vision globally, Sandra continues to formulate as new products are developed
So, in summary, certified organic teas are cleaner, greener, healthier and can be more therapeutic. Certainly a tea to be cherished and enjoyed!! Try some of the yummy Choose Organic certified organic teas like Artemis available on our website
Bye for now I’m off to enjoy a cuppa!
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