Pesticides have not only almost completely overtaken the entire food supply, they are even being sprayed in school playgrounds, public parks, recreational fields and else where. Their toxic presence is inescapable. We do everything we can do prevent contact with these pesticides, from washing our fruit and vegetables before we consume them to buying natural or domestic fruits and veggies.
One of the more recent examples of this includes the discovery of incredibly high levels of pesticides in some of the world’s most popular tea brands including Lipton, Tetley and Twinings.
Pesticides in Tea
CBC News conducted an investigation on pesticide levels in leading tea brands;
– Lipton (Pure Green Tea and Yellow Label Black Tea)
– Red Rose
– Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (Green Tea and Jasmine Green Tea)
– King Cole
– No Name
Using a recognized lab, CBC investigators used the very same screening method used by the national Food Inspection Firm to check the pesticide residue on the dry tea leaves.
The investigators found that more than half of all the teas they tested had pesticide levels surpassing the legal limit. 8 out of the 10 teas tested contained multiple chemicals, with one brand of tea containing over 22 different types of pesticides!
To put the seriousness of this into perspective, some of the pesticides that were discovered in the tea included endosulfan and monocrotophos, which are currently in process of being banned by several countries because of their health risks!
Best and Worst Brands
Although majority of the tea brands checked consisted of traces of pesticides (only one brand name didn’t, we’ll get to that in a bit), some brand names consisted of a massive quantity of pesticides while others remained below the legal limits. Although zero pesticides are the favored amount, here is a list of the worst transgressors so you will make certain to stay away from these brands no matter how desperate for tea you are:
– Uncle Lee’s Legends of China (Green Tea). This brand of tea is the worst of the worst. It contains more than 20 different types of pesticides, including the very hamrful endosulfan, which is currently in process of being banned in several countries.
Side effects of endosulfan include tremors, nervous system collapse, and in extreme cases has resulted in death.
– No Name. Although nowhere near the level of Uncle Lee’s Green Tea, this tea contains over 10 different types of pesticides and should be avoided as a result.
– King Cole. This tea is not as bad as those above it, but it does have enough pesticides that it should be avoided, including monocrotophos, which is known to cause diarrhea, heart problems and has even been known to induce comas It is also currently in process of being banned in some parts of the world.
The tea industry has not stayed peaceful throughout this kerfuffle. James O’ Young, vice president of Uncle Lee’s Legends of China, which likewise happens to be the brand name which consisted of the most pesticides, protected his tea’s pesticide content by asserting all tea contains pesticides.
” If you consume tea, regular tea, I don’t care it’s exactly what brand name is that, the fact of life, this agricultural product does have pesticides,” O’Young said.
O’Young made this statement disregarding that CBC’s examination discovered that, out of the 10 various tea brands checked, Red Rose was the only product that came back entirely free of pesticides. This shows that not only is it possible to grow tea without having pesticide residue on it, however that agents from big corporations are blatantly lying to us about it.
Assistance pesticide-free tea business by avoiding brands that you know are heavy in pesticides, such as Uncle Lee’s and No Name Brand names, and purchase just from brand names that you understand include little to no pesticides.
Red rose tea was the ONLY tea that actually came back pesticide free. Keep that in mind next time you are searching the isles and the grocery store.