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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...

Snow White pesticide poisoning in Taiwanese supermarket

Image | 2012-04-26 at 17:30

Following the release of a Greenpeace pesticides report that named six well-known supermarkets that sell fresh fruits and vegetables, activists took their message directly to a RT-Mart in Taipei. Greenpeace is calling on companies like RT-Mart to...

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...

Pesticide testing on Lipton Tea

Publication | 2012-04-24 at 12:00 1 comment

In February 2012, Greenpeace collected random samples of teabags made by the world's biggest tea brand – Lipton. Investigators randomly selected Lipton-branded green tea, jasmine tea, Iron Buddha tea and black tea from two supermarkets in Beijing...

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 12:30 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?

Organic farming on the hillside of Danba

Image | 2012-04-16 at 12:00

The Tibetan villagers in this area of Danba, Sichuan don't use chemical pesticides, and use only natural fertilizers like cow manure. In the backdrop the fog rolls in over the mountains making for a majestic setting.

Pesticide pollution: Chinese tea may not be safe to drink

Blog entry by Monica Tan | 2012-04-13 5 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...

Pesticides: Hidden Ingredients in Chinese Tea

Publication | 2012-04-11 at 12:30 1 comment

Tea drinking is one of China's most cherished customs; and tea a symbol of Chinese culture. Today, China is the world's biggest tea producer, with 20 tea-producing provinces and eight million tea growers. And the area of tea plantations and...

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