Organic and Fair Trade Teas

Organic Teas
Farming methods today have changed in many ways to give us, as consumers, a safer, higher quality, and healthier product. Tea Growers are recognizing how important it is to protect their farm workers from harmful insecticides, chemicals and other adverse conditions, which in turn, protects consumers as well, from ingesting these harmful chemicals into their bodies through the tea we drink. The cultivation of organically grown teas is complicated and very controlled. All pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides have to be absolutely chemical free and rely on all natural organic substances like compost and natural waste, to create long sustaining soil fertility. This has been a direct result of the environmentally conscious driven organizations made up from people all around the world.
USDA Organic

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) put National Organic Standards into effect in 2002. This means that all organically grown products have to be certified under these guidelines by a USDA approved independent agency and labeled with the certification.

Quality Assurance International, Inc. is one agency that works within these guidelines for tea. We now have safe, organically grown teas available from all around the world. As with food products, organically grown teas may be a little more expensive but the health benefits and superior taste make it very worthwhile. All teas have to have proof of organic tea certification to be sold as such.

One of its finest teas is the Jasmine Pearls made with whole green tea leaves and rolled after passing over the scent of Jasmine numerous times until it is infused with the wonderful aroma and picks up the flavor.

Fair Trade Teas
Certification of Fair Trade practices has really come to the forefront in recent years due to the recognition of the Organic Tea movement. Fair Trade Certification has brought help in developing countries to their farm workers by building innovative working cooperatives. By bringing help to the tea farmers, they can get a fair price for their teas which gives them the means to put money back into their cooperatives to provide housing, education, and healthcare for their farm workers. It creates a cycle between the tea farmers, tea traders and the tea drinkers which gives back for the betterment of mankind and the environmental conditions to give us long term results for a better quality of tea. Certification of Fair Trade has to be shown to be able to market these teas. Organic and Fair Trade Certification has become very important to the consumer and continues to gain in popularity as we are educated to their practices and the health benefits. The real long term affect is the quality and outstanding taste in the tea.
Fair Trade Certified