OK, so climate change is destined to have far more severe implications than merely effecting our precious cup of tea. Fresh off the back of a recent post I wrote discussing the potential effect melting ice caps may have on our future winter Olympics, I couldn’t help but notice this alarming snippet of information! Yes, the changing climate could have significant implications for growing tea leaves, particularly the famed Indian Assam Tea! Assam tea is now far more expensive to produce, but they cannot increase their price because of competition from other growers! India is one of the largest tea producers in the world, with more than half of our tea leaves coming from there. Farmers in India state that temperatures have increased, dry periods are longer and rainfall patterns are erratic. Topsoil in the gardens are becoming heavily eroded due to the changing rainfall patterns making growing very difficult. Growers are now having to irrigate gardens to increase leaf yields, and this costs money, meaning tea availability may take a hit because of the climate changes we are experiencing.
BBC News, (2014). Science and environment. Why climate change is bad news for India tea producers. Retrieved 28th March, 2014, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26754121