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Organic Tea and its benefits

Organic tea and its benefits 

Organically grown teas, once harvested, are processed the same way that non-organic teas are processed.

Green tea undergoes relatively little processing and is not oxidized. In contrast, black teas are oxidized, which turns the leaves from green to brown. Both green and black teas are rich in antioxidants.

Madura Tea offers a range of both Organic and Non-Organic teas, all of which are independently tested for chemical residues. Our organic teas are certified by ‘Australian Certified Organic.’

In addition, Madura is certified under the Safe Quality Food Program (SQF), which verifies that food safety standards have been met from source to packet.

How organic came to be

Popularity for organic foods didn’t realize itself until the 1950s, and in 1960s, environmentalists and the counterculture championed organic food, but the 70s was when organic foods took its place in the food industry.

In the industrial era, organic gardening reached a modest level of popularity in the United States in the 1950s. In the 1960s, environmentalists and the counterculture championed organic food, but it was only in the 1970s that a national marketplace for organic foods developed. [1]

Interest in non-chemical use of consumed products grew, and mostly had to purchase from growers. Later, "Know your farmer, know your food" became the motto of a new initiative instituted by the USDA in September 2009.[2]

Small farms grew vegetables, with or without certification, and the individual consumer monitored. Experience was gained by talking to farmers and monitoring their activities.

Personal definitions of what constituted "organic" were developed through firsthand experience: by talking to farmers, seeing farm conditions, and farming activities. Small farms grew vegetables (and raised livestock) using organic farming practices, with or without certification, and the individual consumer monitored.

Supermarkets and health food stores eventually picked up on the organic farming benefits and demand, and brought it to much wider audiences. Sales through mass outlets like supermarkets and small organic stores replaced the direct farmer connection. For supermarket consumers, food production is not easily observable, and product labelling like “certified organic” were depended on.

In the 1970s, interest in organic food grew with the rise of the environmental movement, like conservation and green politics spread from grassroots to an international level. Some examples of the boom in the environmental organizations were The first Earth Day was celebrated on 22 April 1970, founder, former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. Other groups such as Earth First, which are known as radical environmental groups continue to this day, to spread conservatism and activism of the environment for people.

Currently, the EU, the US, Canada, Japan, and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification based on government-defined standards in order to market food as organic within their borders.

In the US, organic production is managed in accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 (OFPA) and regulations in title 7, part 205 of the Code of Federal Regulations to respond to site-specific conditions by integrating cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity[3]

So yes, each country does have its own sets of standards or law that it must comply with to use the word “organic”.

Organic ingredients only!

  • Processed organic food usually contains only organic ingredients. If non-organic ingredients are present, at least a certain percentage of the food's total plant and animal ingredients must be organic (95% in the United States, Canada, and Australia).[4]
  • Foods claiming to be organic must be free of artificial food additivesand are often processed with fewer artificial methods, materials, and conditions, such as chemical ripeningfood irradiation, and genetically modified
  • However, under US federal organic standards, if pests and weeds are not controllable through management practices, nor via organic pesticides and herbicides, a substance included on the National List of synthetic substances allowed for use in organic crop production may be applied to prevent, suppress, or control pests, weeds, or diseases.[5]
  • Several groups have called for organic standards to prohibit nanotechnology on the basis of the precautionary principle in light of unknown risks of nanotechnology. The use of nanotechnology-based products in the production of organic food is prohibited in some jurisdictions (Canada, the UK, and Australia) and is unregulated in others. [6]

To be certified organic, products must be grown and manufactured in a manner that adheres to standards set by the country they are sold in[7]:

In the United States, there are four different levels or categories for organic labeling.

1)‘100%’ Organic: This means that all ingredients are produced organically. It also may have the USDA seal.

2)‘Organic’: At least 95% or more of the ingredients are organic.

3)’Made with Organic Ingredients': Contains at least 70% organic ingredients.

4)‘Less Than 70% Organic Ingredients’: Three of the organic ingredients must be listed under the ingredient section of the label. In the U.S., the food label "natural" or "all natural" does not mean that the food was produced and processed organically.

According to a market report by Report Ocean, the Global Organic Food Market was valued at USD 89.80 Billion in 2016 and is expected to reach a value of USD 375.98 Billion by 2025. The Global Organic Food Market was estimated to grow at a CAGR of 15.5%, during the forecast period 2018-2024.[10]

Organic does cost more. Why?

Higher prices are due, in part, to more expensive farming practices.

Organic food supply is limited as compared to demand. Production costs for organic foods are typically higher because of greater labor inputs per unit of output and because greater diversity of enterprises means economies of scale cannot be achieved; [11]

Part of the answer is that organic certification is expensive.

It can cost farmers many thousands of dollars to certify their farm. And the cost and regulatory burden of certification can be especially hard on smaller farms.[12]

In effect, organic farmers get penalized for growing food in a way that protects the fertility of the soil and spares farmworkers and the entire web of life, including us, from poisons. If policies were different, food would cost less than it does now. Imagine what would happen if this were reversed. What if all the farms that used pesticides and chemical fertilizers had to pay a fee for their environmental contamination and were subject to inspections?

Does consuming organic food really reduce your body’s burden of toxic chemicals?

Seeking to answer that question, Liza Oates, PhD, and a team at RMIT University in Australia randomly selected 13 adults. The research team fed some an organic diet and others a nonorganic diet.

The study found that a mostly organic diet for only one week led to a 90% reduction in pesticide levels detected in urine.[13] 

Only certain brands of tea, such as Madura, do not contain chemicals, because they follow correct certification standards and pass proper chemical tests. The quality of the soil adds to the quality and safety of drinking of the tea.

[1] Davis, Joshua Clark (2017-08-08). From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs. Columbia University Press. ISBN 9780231543088. “From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs."

[2] Philpott, Tom. "Quick thoughts on the USDA's 'Know Your Farmer' program". Grist * A Beacon in the Smog. Grist Magazine, Inc. Retrieved 8 sept 2019..

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[9] Wikipedia. “Organic Food.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_food#cite_note-20. (accessed Sep 8, 2019).

[10]Ronard. Organic food market 2019 - Global Outlook, Size, distribution channel, share demand, top players, trends, and forecast 2024.https://indiancolumnist.com/2019/09/08/organic-food-market-2019-global-outlook-size-distribution-channel-share-demand-top-players-trends-and-forecast-2024/(accessed 8 Sept 2019).

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[12]Robbins, Ocean. “Is organic food worth the cost.” Food revolution.org.https://foodrevolution.org/blog/organic-food-prices/ (accessed Feb 8, 2019).

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