Tea is the world’s most-consumed drink, after water.
The early morning sun has risen, the dew is dripping off the tea leaves, it is time to start picking.
I love tea and am so happy one day in the year is dedicated to tea recognition. North American’s do not understand how important tea is as a revenue source to third world countries or to human health. But East Indians, Chinese, Japanese, and various other tea growing countries surely do.
We walk into a grocery store or tea shop and order our tea preference, pay for it and leave, but do we really know what goes into growing the tea and what it provides?
The United Nations General Assembly has finally recognized the tea’s medicinal properties as well as the historic cultural importance. International Tea Day started in New Delhi on December 15, 2005, but a year later it was celebrated in Sri Lanka and spread from there to the rest of the world.
Here are 5 reasons why we love Internation Tea Day.
- World production of black tea is projected to rise annually by 2.2 percent over the next decade to reach 4.4 million tonnes in 2027, reflecting major output increases in China, Kenya, and Sri Lanka. China would reach the output levels of Kenya, the largest black tea exporter in the world. The global output of green tea is foreseen to increase at an even faster rate of 7.5 percent annually to reach 3.6 million tonnes in 2027. Mostly driven by China, where the production of green tea is expected to almost double from 1.8 million tonnes in 2017, to 3.3 million tonnes in 2027.
- The number one purpose of International Tea Day is to try to significantly improve the condition of tea producers and tea workers. Tea producing countries make a great amount of profit through the laborers. Working at most tea plantations is very bad. Therefore, International Tea Day is to boost the status of tea workers, workers’ rights, daily wages, social security, employment security, and health.
- May 21st was declared the International Tea Day through an appeal by India. It begins at the start of May and is celebrated only in tea-producing countries. It is intended to utilize its production and consumption. It is also a positive way to fight hunger and poverty in the rural countryside.
- Obtain sustainable agriculture to provide food security and improve nutrition. Extreme malnutrition is very common and people are under-nourished due to poor nutrition.
- Focus on obtaining more jobs has allowed tea growers to teach and train youths and women for a decent job. and a better future. Although a challenge, poverty in India has fallen while improving access to education, skills development, employment, and social protection.
Tea is good for you!
The desire for tea has had a big increase, especially with the unforeseen Covid-19 virus. People have had to stay home and are consuming way more tea, and added reading to their daily rituals. Internationally, people are becoming more aware of the benefits of tea. It offers many health benefits, wellness, anti-inflammatory properties, contains anti-oxidants and has weight loss effects. It is a social drink among many cultures, and enjoyable as well.
Globally, tea is a shared commodity.
Tea is supported by Rainforest Alliance, Fair-trade, and many other supporting organizations. Its main focus is to ensure the price of tea for small tea farmers is adequate enough to support growth and financial revenue. Let’s stand together and support these organizations by loving International Tea Day and celebrating the global benefits it offers.