Happy Earth Day! (And happy birthday to Esme!)
Today, as we sip our tea, let's think about its impact on the earth (and the people who pick and process the leaf). Tea is not currently grown in any substantial volume in the US. Simply by purchasing and consuming tea, we are responsible for understanding how that choice impacts our ecosystem. Tea is flown a long way to get to us (lots of carbon emissions), yet we pay very little for it. I ask myself - is the price too cheap? Are we truly paying for the real cost of the production, including the impact to the environment? I try to buy tea from reputable sources that use sustainable practices and treat tea workers fairly. This means I pay more for tea. Yet it's still a very affordable luxury.
Do you know where your tea comes from? About the farming practices used to produce it? About the farm's relationship with the people that tend the leaf? It can be a fun way to dive more deeply into the world of tea.