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June/July 2009 Issue
Conscious Tea Choice
When possible, purchase tea that is certified fair trade. According to TransFair USA, this means that tea growers in Asia, Africa and Latin America are guaranteed fair wages and a stake in decisions about their rights as workers. It also means farmers have direct market access, reducing middlemen and allowing a better chance for fair pricing.
These teas are more likely grown using sustainable farming practices, such as shunning pesticides.
Most reputable tea companies explain their social and environmental practices on their websites.