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Fancy a nice cup of tea?

Well, how about adding a lump of Dicofol (an organochlorine pesticide related to DDT), a touch of Endosulphan (an acutely toxic insecticide) and a dash of Ethion (a highly toxic organophosphate pesticide used to kill leafhoppers, aphids and scales)?

According to Oracle Organic Teas, that is what is allowed in a conventionally produced leaf tea.

Typically, artificial fertilisers and pesticides are used during the production process of both conventional and herbal teas. Add boiling water and you not only have a tea that has its taste profile affected, but may not be as good for you as you think.

The organic market in Australia is growing at a rate of 30% year on year, and with those kind of chemical additives it is no wonder a natural organic alternative is now becoming the mainstream.

Organic Tea is one category that has seen huge growth in recent times, particularly in the Cafe, Restaurant and hospitality segment as people are now becoming aware of the short and long-term harmful effects of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

The conventional way of growing tea in the long run is non stainable, as it leads to soil erosion and disease, not to mention the health hazard for the workers who pick the leaves.

Australia’s Oracle Organic has a range of fully certified organic teas at mass market prices. This means the tea is grown and processed without pesticides or artificial fertilizers.

Oracle Organic Teas are available in Black, Green, Chamomile and Peppermint flavours at RRP of $3.95.

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