Posted by LST Guru on July 30, 2016
Here at Love Some Tea, all of our tea is Plantation Free. You may be asking yourself, Why is this important.
First lets discuss the environmental impact of traditional non-organic row style tea plantations.
Traditional tea plantations grow tea as a row crop, in order to do so many acres of land must be deforested. With deforestation comes many severe repercussions; first and foremost is the loss of the trees and plants themselves, as well as the many creatures that inhabit this space. Secondly, many of the precious nutrients that give rise to the forest are destroyed by razing the land. Once the land has been deforested and fully cleared, it must be reworked before tea can be planted. To rework the soil, loads of topsoil and other materials are brought in as well as fertilizers and composts to enrich it. This introduces chemicals to the land before tea is even planted. Michael Bloch with Green Living Tips states, "Additionally, pesticides and artificial fertilizers are often used in tea plantations to restore nutrients used by the tea bush and to fend off parasites. The resulting soil degradation is a major issue, one usually addressed by using even more fertilizer and chemicals that further compounds the soil degradation problem. Chemical runoff into waterways can also be a problem." On some plantations the tea is also watered via drip system or sprayed, in order to do so many gallons of fuel are used to keep pumps running. This overall method of tea farming is detrimental to the environment.
Now that you understand the detriment of plantation style tea farming, lets talk about Plantation Free.
Plantation Free is a term we coined to describe the way in which our teas are grown. Our teas are either planted freely among the trees and meadows of the forests, or have been growing wild for many years in the jungle. We let mother nature handle the growth and feeding of our plants. There is no deforestation involved, as we only plant randomly among the forest. By doing so, we do not disrupt the delicate balance of the forest and surrounding ecosystem. All LST teas are Cameila Sinensis Assamica which contains tannin (bioflavonoids) which are a natural repellent against insects so pesticides are not required. Since our teas grow wild, they do not require fertilization as they get all they need from the soil. In order for our tea to stay healthy and productive, we allow the plants to rest and produce seeds from November to March. This is of the utmost importance, as it allows us the ability to plant more tea using heirloom seed and for the plants to recover from picking.
We heavily believe in keeping our tea organic and protecting the environment in which it grows. To that end, we are seeking USDA organic certifications for not only our tea plantation but final product as well. Whether you choose LST or another brand, make sure you choose a truly organic tea that benefits not only you, but the environment as well. Many of the teas branded as organic, but without USDA certification have extremely high levels of pesticides and other chemicals. Drink Safe!