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ashmanra said

Hugo Tea posted this on Facebook today. Thoughts on organics?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/25/us-roundup-health-study-idUSBRE93O13H20130425

My husband and I took an environmentally clean approach on our own property years ago, eliminating herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers and utilizing only “greener” options. Now Celestial Seasonings has been mentioned in an article saying there were high levels of pesticides ON THEIR TEA!! How much difference does it make to you for tea to be labeled organic? Have you seen the guidelines for which things we should really try to purchase organic and which don’t matter as much? And my problem….can we believe all the companies that say their product is organic?

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Lala said

Different countries, and different regions/states within countries have different regulations for organic. For example, a product labelled organic may only have to contain 70% organic material and of that material certain pesticides/herbicides may be allowed to be to used on that product. So you need to find out what the companies definition of organic is and where that product originated, to know what standards it meets. If you are in the US, check out the FDA website.

I’m finding in the tea and coffee world that organic is a hot topic now. And it seems lots of companies are blasting other companies (for example, Teavana) for using pesticides but the science is not clear and without bias.

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looseTman said

Here’s another thread on this general topic: http://steepster.com/discuss/5160-favorite-organic-black-teas

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