Thursday, August 28, 2014

Your Tea: Flavored With... Pesticides? Including Even Long-Banned DDT?

Clarissa A. León at Alternet:
Tea time is supposed to be a time to relax and regroup, but it could be one of the riskiest moments of the day. At least, that’s according to a new study released by Greenpeace earlier this month [.pdf] that found a number of popular tea brands contain high doses of pesticide residues. Some teas even tested positive for the long-banned DDT.

Say, will it poison Tea Party folk? or are their brains already too toxic?

Tea - the toxic brew!
The teas cited in the Greenpeace report are from India and (yes, ellroon, add it to your list; it's in a similar Greenpeace report from 2012) China. I drank a lot of tea in my twenties and thirties, but ever since I became a contract IT professional, coffee has been my drink of choice, and necessity... most American tappers of code, apart from those of Asian or direct British Empire heritage, are a lot less interested in tea. I, at least, am never happier than when I've just located a new source of really good coffee, as I did this week. I'll bet a follow‑up study shows pesticide in coffee too...

(H/T BrandonJ at FDL.)

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