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In a pleasant and quiet morning, and it was one day of the year 2737 BC wild tea under a tree to rest a Chinese emperor Shen Nung. When a gust of wind stirred the leaves, some of them fell directly into boiling water for the emperor. Intrigued by the intense green plants, curious effect not got rid of the intruder, but tried decorated with the liquid. Already the first sip caused that with great excitement acknowledged that it is very aromatic and refreshing. Here is the story of the first, brewed tea ...

The strength of the green leaf

It is well known that tea contains large concentrations of anti-aging. Talking about flavanols - the natural ingredients supplied in the diet, which capture free radicals and neutralize their action. Radicals are formed in the human body as a byproduct of metabolism. They are responsible for cell damage contribute to the development of disease and accelerate aging. The ubiquitous rush of life, environmental pollution and stress strongly weaken, so important for the health of our immune system. Then the madness begin free radicals in our body. So let's look for allies. It is just all known tea! It is believed inter alia, It cleans the blood, overcomes heavy dreams, regenerates brain, improves metabolism, brighten eyes, drives away gloom, enlivens, strengthens courage, improves memory abilities ...
The different types of teas are different - their special health properties, which is why each of the types of teas should be approached on an individual basis. Also, please note that the daily serving of tea should not exceed four to five cups, because drunk in excess can irritate the mucous membrane, which negatively affect the absorption of nutrients.

Plantation or the settlements?

Today, as many of us are addicted of tea and can not imagine life without her, so for millions of farmers and workers, all life depends precisely on these small, aromatic leaves. For example, China has 80 million growers of tea, India an estimated one million permanent employees of tea and double the number of seasonal workers, while in Kenya it is estimated that tea is a source of livelihood of three million people.

Tea outside of large plantations and estates, is also grown on small plots of land by small farmers. They sell their freshly plucked green leaves on plantations or tea factories for processing into black tea. In India, while the average smallholder farm size is about 1.25 hectares, the average size of a tea plantation of 250 hectares. As life shows, compared to the few agricultural sectors which are important in countries such as Kenya and Sri Lanka, the main challenges for growers of tea are low, while fluctuations in the prices of traded green leaves and gaps in the supply chain facilities are controlled by large companies. That is why, in particular, small farms need extra support in order to increase their productivity and quality of tea so that they can compete with the tea plantations, which are usually cheaper. The tea estates, challenges for the workers are many, ranging from very low wages, long working hours, after a difficult relationship with the managers of the property. They must fight to ensure his family's basic needs, such as housing, health care, access to water, and even education for children.

Certification Fairtrade tea is open to owners of small agricultural organizations. Of course, Fairtrade is determined to meet certain standards, but nevertheless global sales of Fairtrade tea rose six-fold since 2004, reaching 12,000 tonnes in the 2011-12 year. In the UK, sales of Fairtrade tea has more than doubled since 2000 and accounts for about 8% of total sales of tea in Britain.

Edyta Psut

I`m happily married mother of two children. I`m always ensured a healthy lifestyle for my family. I enjoy being an active member of her community and works closely with local charities.

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