Tea is the gentle energizer, for mind and body.
It’s important to really know what you’re drinking and how it affects your body.
Think of tea as a nutrient for your bones and an investment in an imaginary health savings account. It won’t directly add to your income, but the odds are high that it will pay off in reducing the risks of osteoporosis and fractures endemic to old age.
The fight against climate degradation is producing some positive results and a body of good practice is emerging. Here are just a few representative successes.
Vietnam in 2017 ranked as the world’s seventh-largest producer of tea and fifth in exports. It has 124,000 hectares under production in around half its provinces, including the subtropical North and tropical South. This is roughly the same as Indonesia and three times the tea-growing acreage in Japan. Exports in the first nine months of 2017 were 130,000 metric tons, on an annualized basis. Volumes increased by 12 percent with value growth 11.2 percent.
Just as tea is emblematic of England and core to its history, coffee and Brazil go together as almost one word. And just as Britain is becoming a dynamic and vibrant coffee market, demand for tea is expanding in this nation of 200 million, whose borders touch every South American country except Chile and Ecuador. Tea drinking in Brazil is growing at twice the world average rate.