Are organic products just healthy for your body?
The obvious benefit of organic foods is that they do not contain the chemical products used in conventional farming. This is certainly healthier for the consumer, but another benefit of is that it is also good for the land!
Organic agriculture is a safe, sustainable farming system, producing healthy crops without damage to the environment. It avoids the use of artificial chemical fertilizers and pesticides on the land, relying instead on developing a healthy, fertile soil and growing a mixture of crops. In this way, the farm remains biologically balanced, with a wide variety of beneficial insects and other wildlife to act as natural predators for crop pests. The soil also becomes full of micro-organisms and earthworms which help to maintain its vitality. Organic products grown in healthier soil contain higher levels of nutrients, and generally taste better than their conventional counterparts.
Since tea is processed after it is picked, the processing facility must also be certified organic to maintain the integrity of the organic tea. The processing facility must be free of chemicals and pesticides. Our parent company, Shirakata Denshiro Shoten, developed an organic sanitizing and cleaning program which controlled insects to the required level and met the requirements for an organic certificate. The organic tea we offer is organic from start to finish and we believe it is another step in supporting your health and the health of the earth's environment.
What it means that JAS (Japanese Agricultural Standard) organic program is equivalent to the NOP (National Organic Program) of the US?
Effective on January 1, 2014, the U.S. established trade partnerships with Japan and several countries so that products certified as organic in those countries to can be sold as organic in the U.S. In Japan the organic standards are called the Japanese Agricultural Standards (JAS).