This is going to be a multi-part post, and I will work on it over the next few weeks. (Each post will take some research). I'd like to respond to a reader's question and talk about the politics of tea. I'm going to define "politics" to include social, ethical, environmental and economic considerations.
I'd like YOUR opinion! Below I'm outlining what I think are the major issues, but I am sure there are ones I've missed. If you can think of another topic related to the politics of tea, please leave a comment and I'll do my best to write about it (or admit I know nothing).
Thank you, in advance!
Welfare, housing and education of tea plantation workers
Marketing of tea
Use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers (or not) and the corresponding impact
Manufacture and distribuion of tea
How tea is bought and sold in the world market
Who owns the tea plantations?
Does that teabag reflect the true price of the tea you drink?
What other topics would you add to this list?