A cup of organic tea, please!
I am responsible for our raw material purchases in NORD-T. I develop tea blends that tell the story of Finnish nature and lifestyle. We do not use oils or aromas in our blends to make the strawberry taste and smell like perfume, but we make tea blends where each raw material has its role. Because our blends communicate with authenticity and purity, it is precisely organic raw materials that are extremely important to us. It would seem crazy to use the time to find teas that only "taste good", without regard to the conditions under which it is cultivated. Why would we offer our customers teas with different chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides when at the same time we talk about pure Finnish nature?
Organic farming in China
I was recently invited to China to a tea fair. During the fair, the central theme of the conference was 'Chinese teas and their export to the world'. In every discussion, organic farming was the main topic. Mainly because organic teas are free from residues of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides. When we talk about Chinese tea growers, it is essential to keep in mind that tea plantations and gardens are usually small and family-owned. Families are not very wealthy; making a living from tea cultivation is extremely important. Lack of funds has a silver lining too, the plantations cannot afford to buy chemical products but are forced to stick to more natural farming. I talked to an owner of a small tea garden about organic agriculture, and the way he put it sums up what we are looking for in organic farming too:
"I want my tea garden controlled by nature and not by humans. I want to keep my plantations as wild as possible! Besides, diversity is richness, and there is no need to use pesticides or fertilizers. The strength lies in natural circulation where the plant produces seeds, and they are planted back to the garden to start the growing process again and again."
As a rule, tea grows in mountainous areas where annual rainfall is as high as 3000ml per year. The chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides used in conventional cultivation are spread by rainwater far from the mountainous areas along the slopes. These fertilizers also affect the natural fertility of the soil and the state of the tea farm, which means that more fertilizers are used to avoid loss of productivity when the soils nutritions are washed away. An evil circle is born.
The use of all pesticides, insecticides and chemical fertilizers also causes human health risks as low-income families are not using necessary protective equipment or machinery to spread them out on the plantations. Already these two aspects make the conventional cultivation with fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides not sustainable.
Our choices will affect
What we consume will have an impact on the type of cultivation is used. That's why I prefer a cup of organic tea, knowing the nature and employees are healthier than with conventional farming. Our main production partner is Mother Nature, and we want what's best for her. Using certified organic teas does have a positive influence on our future. That is why we insist every raw material we use have grown out of respect to nature.
Read the original text in Finnish written by Mirka in here: https://proluomu.fi/mirka-olin-ottaisin-kupillisen-luomuteeta/