Organic Farming

“The Earth is what we all have in common.”

Wendell Berry

“The Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s foremost natural wonders, is facing a massive ecological crisis. Conventional farming in coastal areas near the Reef is slowly killing it. Nearly one-third of the reef is now exposed to pesticides. The reef is home to peaceful dugongs, ancient turtles and beautiful dolphins. The habitat of these animals is at risk from chemical pollution.”

Most people are unaware of the negative effects of conventional farming. According to the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) USA, “Chemically dependent agriculture harms the environment and puts human health at risk; pesticide or fertilizer laden runoff from farmlands washes into rivers, lakes, and streams, contaminating waterways, and destroying habitat.

Many pesticides are also toxic to health, and have been linked to respiratory problems, neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer and reproductive problems. Every year, farm workers and people living near conventional farms suffer from poisonings and serious health effects from pesticide spraying.”

After witnessing the adverse effects of conventional farming, we at Tea So Tea were adamant to employ organic farming methods and help protect the environment.

The term organic was coined by English agriculturalist Walter James in the mid-20th century to reflect the sense that a farm is like a living organism. Organic farming works in harmony with nature rather than against it.

Our organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution. We do not use conventional methods to fertilize or control weeds. For example, rather than using chemical weed killers, we conduct more sophisticated crop rotations and spread mulch or manure to keep weeds at bay.

Here are some key differences between conventional and organic farming.

Apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth.

Conventional

Organic

Apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth. Apply natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, to feed soil and plants.
Spray synthetic insecticides to reduce pests and disease. Spray pesticides from natural sources; use beneficial insects and birds, mating disruption or traps to reduce pests and disease.
Use synthetic herbicides to manage weeds. Use environmentally-generated plant-killing compounds; rotate crops, till, hand weed or mulch to manage weeds.

 

The benefits of organic farming

● The health risks associated with exposure to pesticides is one of the main considerations when looking at the differences between organic and conventional food. Many pesticides were registered before research linked them to cancer and other diseases. Now, health organisations consider over half of all herbicides and fungicides as potentially cancer causing.

● Organic farming increases long term soil fertility, controls pests and diseases without harming the environment and ensures that water stays clean and safe.

● Organic methods such as rotating crops to build soil fertility promotes biodiversity. The Tea So Tea forest garden is home to more than 82 different animal species including 8 mammal species, 44 different bird species, 5 reptile species and 16 insect (butterflies and dragonflies) species.

● Because organic farming eschews chemical fertilizers and pesticides, it reduces nonrenewable energy use. It takes considerable amounts of fossil fuel to create the synthetic fertilizers and pesticides used in conventional farming. What’s more, organic farming increases the amount of carbon returned to the soil, which in turn lessens the greenhouse effect and global warming.

Tea So Tea is certified organic by the Soil Association UK. Organic standards are the rules and regulations that define how an organic product must be made. These standards are laid down in European Union (EU) law. The Soil Association is one of the few associations that have chosen to set standards that are higher than the EU minimum.

Being certified organic was one of our goals in producing Tea So Tea. We believe that tea should be an agent of positive, social and environmental good and this drove us to create the world’s most ethical tea. We want our drinkers to enjoy their daily cup without a twinge on their conscience and knowing that they are helping to safeguard this planet that we call home.

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