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Organic tea production versus conventional production
Organic is, as mentioned, a form of production we are in favour of, but there are some aspects of organic production of tea that need to be considered such as resource consumption.
The tea bushes for organic production often take longer to produce leaves that can be used for tea production, which means, among other things, that water consumption can be higher than in conventional cultivation. In addition, the bushes often produce lower yields, which of course means that shrubs and land (and water) is needed if there is the demand. In conventional cultivation, the bushes are allowed to use artificial fertilizers that increases cultivation.
Ecology has become sought after trademark
Ecology has become a sought-after brand in the western part of the world as we have a stronger desire for good and clean conditions for ourselves, each other and the earth. What most people consider ecological does not necessarily mean good quality. As an importer, have a responsibility to know what we are selling and have a clear attitude to We are seeing more and more organic tea producers, especially in the Chinese market. These producers want to trade in the coveted market in the West, where we blindly buy into the signs of ecology.
We have seen and received many examples of exceptionally poor quality organic tea at Sing Tea House. If we have a real opportunity to choose ecology without compromising on quality or other conditions, then of course we will.
Importer and percentage responsibility
Sing Tehus is a supporter of ecology as well as other initiatives that improve health and which have a positive impact on the environment.
When working with food, you are responsible for the product you produce or sell. At Sing Tehus we have put a lot of effort into the work concerning ecology, conventional cultivation and the working conditions of the tea growers / pickers.
The requirements for ecology and organic cultivation differ from continent to continent. The European ecology requirements in e.g. Europe, is more stringent than the demands made in the United States. The European requirements for organic tea production require minimal use of pesticides and fertilizers. When we import organic tea, there must be a document with tea showing laboratory tests and thus the level of special conditions that are tested for. As an importer, we are also required to make annual samples of the same tea.
How does Sing Tea House make the right choice?
We have chosen to tackle this area as follows. We travel, as far as possible, and visit our tea producers. It is important to see where and how production takes place, know the history of the company; it is a family run business through generations where expertise has been inherited etc. Many small tea producers grow tea as it has been a tradition for generations where the use of pesticides has never been used. These small tea producers do not have the finances to become ecologically certified as it is a costly affair, but simply want to maintain the (family) business.
At Sing Tea House, we ensure the quality and purity by testing all the tea in a laboratory, both organic and conventionally grown.
However, the Hamburg laboratory can report that it is not rare that the conventionally grown tea from the small producer is cleaner than the organic tea from the industrialized plantation.