The 3 Worst Pesticides Most Big Brand Tea Companies Use

The 3 Worst Pesticides Most Big Brand Tea Companies Use

If you are anything like us you drink a lot of tea. And when we drink a lot of anything (no matter how healthy), we want to make sure that it is as pure as possible. Even the smallest amount of toxins or pesticides can throw our bodies out of sync.


The “All Natural” label can be loaded with pesticides

In our opinion, this is one of the biggest scams out there. The “all natural” label. With so much corporate lobby money out there it is hard to believe what will pass under this label. Even really dangerous pesticides. That is why we make it one of our priorities to avoid the “Big 3” pesticides that many tea companies use (even really expensive ones, but we will get into that more later).


Here are the most common pesticides found in tea

Many of these pesticides are banned in the EU and North America. But the issue is that since almost all tea is grown in Asia it is hard to regulate it (without testing and certification). 

  • DDT - DDT is a cancer causing pesticide that is banned in the U.S. but is still used in India and China for controlling pests in tea crops. Many large tea farms spray their tea crops with DDT and those chemicals can leach into the very cup of tea you are drinking.

  • Endosulfan - Endosulfan is a pesticide that has been banned by the U.S., China, the EU, and 144 other countries because it has been linked to impaired fertility and could harm unborn babies. If that isn’t bad enough, this pesticide builds up over time, making it really bad for farmers and the environment.

  • Methomyl - Methomyl is a highly toxic pesticide that is not only harmful to humans but to the environment as there is a good chance it will seep into the farms water supply. In fact, there was a peer reviews study that determined that Japanese tea farmers were being poisoned by this pesticide just by working on the land.

    No matter if a tea is organic or not, you will never find these chemicals in any of our teas. That we can guarantee.


    Independent tests have major conventional tea companies using these pesticides          

    While we won’t get into naming names, Glaucus Research has performed tests on two large tea companies. Their findings are a bit unsettling. For one company they found that over 91% of their teas exceeded “healthy” limits for pesticide use. 100% of the other company's teas contained pesticides. 62% contained Endosulfan. One of their teas even contained 23 different pesticides. The most worrisome thing about these two companies is that they promote themselves as healthy. It just shows that it is hard to trust labels.

    Note: We need to note that there may be a conflict of interest with the testing. You can decide for yourself if you think the tests are still valid.


    This is why Golden Moon Tea created our Pure Tea Promise 

    Our Pure Tea Promise is simple. You will always have the healthiest tea on the market because we will make it our mission to prevent you from drinking any toxins or pesticides. Our promise is this: 

    • We will independently test for major pesticides in including the Big 3

    • We will only use real ingredients and pure extracts in our blends

    • We will never use artificial or natural flavorings

    • We will never use plastic or resin in any of our packaging or teaware

    • We will only use farms that are committed to farming without the use of chemical fertilizers or GMO’s


      Try our teas so you can taste the difference 

      Now that you understand the efforts that we go to so you can drink the purest tea possible, give us a try. We have 1oz options (which make about 12 cups of tea) for all of our teas. We recommend you order a few, open the packages, and look, feel, and smell the differences in our tea. If you are ever unhappy with our teas for any reason we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee that we stand behind.



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