What Are The Environmental and Ethical Costs of Tea Production?


There isn’t anything inherently bad about tea, but the current tea agriculture system faces a number of issues, from excessive pesticide use to deforestation to extremely inhumane working conditions. And as climate change progresses, tea flavor and antioxidant content is worsening, tea yields themselves are decreasing, and the aforementioned environmental and human rights issues are poised to worsen.

In this episode of The Sweaty Penguin, our host Ethan Brown discusses all these problems, and considers how we can improve the production of the world’s second-most consumed beverage. With special guest Dr. Yixian Sun, assistant professor of International Development at the University of Bath.