Going beyond Sustainability - Regenerative Agriculture & Biodynamic
Farm Good, Brew Good, Taste Good
Tea has been enjoyed across hundreds of miles and thousands of years. But what has endured longer than it should have is the injustice to those who pick our tea leaves. Pink Tea Café will endeavour to promote regenerative agriculture, creating a fairer, better and more sustainable tea industry for workers, farmers and the environment. For us doing good and tasting good are inseparable.
Pink Tea Café is a member of the Biodynamic Association UK. Biodynamic farming is a type of regenerative practise and is being used in a few tea estates, but there is a long way to go for the tea industry. Regenerative agriculture uses farming principles designed to mimic nature. Drawing from decades of research, regenerative agriculture has found to be a way to progressively improve ecosystems as chemical fertilizers have long been harming our soils, animals and crops. Benefits of regenerative agricultural practises include richer soil, healthier water systems, increased biodiversity, climate change resilience, and stronger farming communities. We will engage with experts in biodynamic farming and regenerative agriculture and communicate our learnings to our suppliers, our team internally and our friends and families.Sign up to the quarterly Biodynamic E-News here.
Pink Tea Café has signed the 4 per 1000: Soils for Food Security and Climate Initiative which came shortly after the Paris Climate Accord.
What is 4 per 1000: Soils for Food Security and Climate?
[Source: Regeneration International]
In simplest terms, the 4 per 1000 Initiative calls for countries to draw down more carbon than they emit, and to store it in the soil. How? By scaling up regenerative farming, grazing and land-use practices. These practices lead to an increase in photosynthesis—nature’s own system for pulling excess carbon out of the air and sequestering it in the soil. They also produce more drought-resistant and resilient crops, and more nutrient-dense food.
As its name suggests, the 4 per 1000 addresses both global warming and food security. Soil degradation now threatens at least a third of the Earth’s land surface, and climate change is accelerating the rate of degradation. This is having a devastating impact on small farmers (who provide 70 percent of the world’s food) and on global food security. Our capacity to feed 9.5 billion people in 2050 in the face of a changing climate will depend greatly on our ability to restore and maintain the world’s soils.