Is Canton Tea organic?


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Some of our teas are certified organic. However, it's not something we mention on the packaging. Here's why. 

Some of our wholesale teas are certified organic, particularly in the herbal range. However, most of the teas in our range are often beyond organic, but not certified. We buy traditional, high grade teas direct from small producers all over the world and they do not need or want a western organic certification label to sell their tea.

We took the decision not to state the organic status on any of our wholesale teas as it undermines the desirability of our other wholesale teas that are traditionally slow grown without the use of chemicals, hand picked and skillfully crafted.

What we mean by 'beyond organic'

The organic certification programme is just not viable for many of our smaller farms - often the best producers. Certification is expensive so the smallest farms can't afford it - nor do they need it as they quickly sell out of their entire harvest.

Many of them are to all intents and purposes grown on organic, even biodynamic principles, without pesticides and according to ancient and traditional methods. The teas they produce are some of the best in the world and this is what we're keen to support.

The vast majority of our suppliers use the agroforestry land use system.

Agroforestry involves growing other plants or trees in amongst tea fields, the benefits of this include increased biodiversity, reduced soil erosion and reduced pesticide use (many of our farmers use plants such as citronella as insect repellents).

Many of our producers also practice polyculture and will often grow other crops such as coffee, spices or fruit trees alongside their tea- this also helps with biodiversity, but also has the added benefit of providing an additional source of income.

 

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