The Ecological, Sociological and Economical Benefits of Producing Organic Tea: a Framework for Developing Countries
Linping Wang and Peifen Zhuang, Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University, China
80% of tea output comes from China and other Asian countries with major markets obtaining in the UK, Russia, USA and Canada. While consumption of organic tea in developing countries is increasing, there is even greater potential for expansion and localized 'green earth' production through beneficial integrated pest management (IPM) and other agricultural methods such as ecologically-based integrated pest management (EBPM). This paper will present findings and give opportunity for discussion on the potential of globalized organic farming with its attaching ecological, sociological and economical benefits. Several surveys in different tea sites in 2002 and 2003 in China were undertaken. A combination of qualitative and quantitative analyses were drawn on from both academics and tea industry experts. Lack of capital, information on green certification, trading partners and consumers of organic tea, provided the impetus for this research.
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