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The Case for Organic Chai Tea

Conventional farming in the US applies hundreds of millions of pounds of pesticides annually, directly on the foods we eat. A recent study by the Pesticide Data Program (part of USDA) found in 2005 that "of all samples tested... 30 percent contained 1 pesticide, and slightly over 40 percent contained more than 1 pesticide."

Many believe that over time these poisons can build up and potentially cause vital body systems to function in a diminished capacity. Of course the EPA monitors for "safe levels" of these toxins but what exactly is "safe?" Just because an immediate and obvious relationship cannot be established, does that mean there is no long term consequence? Many believe that low-dose, long-term exposure may carry risks that are not immediately apparent.

What does Organic Certified mean?

The National Organic Program (NOP) was created when Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. The NOP defines organic crops as being raised without using conventional pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers, or sewage sludge-based fertilizers. It also prohibits the use of genetic engineering and ionizing radiation in organic production and handling.

What is the certification mark for organic?

For chai tea made in the US, the label below indicates that the produce has come from certified organic farmers, following standards set by the USDA. Look for this label on the product pages of to determine whether you are purchasing verified organically grown, harvested and properly handled produce.

In general, natural (non-synthetic) substances are allowed in organic production and all synthetic substances are prohibited. For more information visit the Wikipedia Organic Certification webpage.