There is new experimentation with growing tea free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The prescribed way to move towards this more sustainable tea farming includes thinning out the trees, planting shade trees between the remaining tea plants and refraining from the severe prunings that we see in plantation type tea farms.

The government is paving almost all new roads in tea growing areas with hand-hewn stones rather than asphalt which can leach pollutants into the surrounding soils. One tea grown by sustainable tea methods that I found to be popular with several clients is Yunnan Mini-Seven Sons Tea Cake.

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