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It's about to get a little safer to drink Chinese tea

Blog entry by Wang Jing | 2012-07-23

You may remember earlier this year we bought 18 tea products at random from nine tea companies in China, and after sending the samples to be tested discovered that a whopping 12 of the 18 samples contained at least one pesticide...

Tips for avoiding pesticide consumption

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-07-12 2 comments

Image © Greenpeace / Alex Hofford As the saying goes, we are what we eat. Which is why we have to be super mindful about what we're putting in our bodies, if we want to stay healthy. But how can we rest assured about food quality...

Think twice about China's soy

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-06-26

There are some foods that are just too important to mess with. In China, that's soybean. And yet every day we are seeing the security of this vital staple food become slowly eroded by the introduction of genetically engineered soy. ...

Vegetables in major HK supermarkets turn up with toxic pesticides

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-05-23

Last week Greenpeace campaigners in Hong Kong published testing results from some of Hong Kong's biggest supermarkets and found illegal pesticides and mixed pesticide use on many fresh produce samples. With Mainland China a major...

Want to eat organic in China? Here's how!

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-05-15

Last year China Daily reported on a farmer in Yunnan who admitted that he would never dare to eat the vegetables he sells, due to the amounts of chemicals pesticides and fertilizers used on them. Instead he grows a separate...

The "wine" of China compromised by pesticide use

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-05-01

The tea fields of coastal Chinese province Zhejiang cover the hills in rows of lush, green tea bushes. The image is reminiscent of the rolling vineyards of Tuscany. And in many ways, tea is to China what wine is to the West. Pu'er tea...

Lipton tea laced with toxic pesticide residue

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-04-24 4 comments

Last week we released a report revealing the extent of which banned pesticides are finding their way in Chinese brand teas. And today, the revelations keep on coming. Lipton, the world's best-selling tea brand, is also selling...

Toxic tea turns up in China

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-04-18

Last week Sonia Legg of Reuters produced this report on our recent investigation into banned pesticides on some of China's most popular tea products: Transcript: China is the world's largest tea...

The bitter story of the Chinese word for tea

Feature Story | 2012-04-17 at 10:30 1 comment

The story behind the Chinese word for tea (茶) reveals two faces to a seemingly innocuous word. Next time you brew a pot, ask yourself, are you drinking pure tea, or something much more dangerous?

Pesticide pollution: Chinese tea may not be safe to drink

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-04-13 6 comments

Drinking tea is an essential and much cherished part of Chinese culture. It's the pride of the nation, so to speak, and this tea is exported to around the globe. But is China's tea actually safe to drink? A few months ago we...

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