The US herbal tea industry has grown so fast that many gardeners say they are afraid to plant them because they are not ready for the arrival of herbicides and pesticides.
But experts say the surge is a sign that the market is ready for a new breed of crops and that the new crops are likely to be the most popular varieties.
The herbal tea boom in the US comes amid a national drought that has prompted farmers to plant seeds in drought-stricken areas.
The US is a world leader in the cultivation of the tea, which is considered a “spiritual healer” by some herbalists.
The U.S. has been the world’s top market for herbal tea since the mid-1980s and it’s now worth an estimated $8 billion a year, according to the US Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
But with demand outstripping supply, herbal tea producers are struggling to keep up with demand and are finding it harder to sell their products.
For some gardeners, growing their own herbs is a challenge.
“It’s been so hard to find a good, reliable herb, and I can’t buy it locally anymore,” said Jennifer Henningsen, who lives in Washington state and farms organic tea in the town of North Bend.
“I think people are just looking for the cheapest alternative.”
Herbicide-resistant plants In some areas, herbicide-resistance crops have sprouted to a greater extent than conventional crops.
The USDA reported that herbicide resistant crops accounted for almost 60% of the soybean acreage in the United States in 2017, up from just over 40% in 2012.
The growth in herbicide resistance is not limited to the United Kingdom, though, as a new report from the World Health Organization found that more than half of the world was on the brink of a weed apocalypse, with the herbicide Roundup Ready crops killing off more than 80% of native plants.
In the United Nations, the World Food Program says that as much as half of crops are either being destroyed or facing severe damage from herbicide use.
“It’s not just a problem in the U.K.,” said Michael Biederman, director of the WFP’s global agriculture division.
“We’re seeing a global problem.”
Hennersen said her plants have also been growing resistant to two other herbicides, Roundup and glyphosate.
She has had to change her methods because the weeds she grows have grown so resistant.
“They’re resistant to all three,” she said.
“But they are particularly resistant to glyphosate.”
The herbicide, which has been used on nearly every crop in the world, is classified as a carcinogen, a class B drug that can cause cancer.
But herbicides are not the only factor that’s driving the herbal boom.
Other factors are also at play.
For example, the U,S.
government has imposed an annual cap on herbicide usage, which limits farmers to only apply up to 5% of their crops in a year.
Farmers also must have at least one certified organic certified garden in their yard, and they have to plant their herbs in containers with at least 12 inches of soil, according a 2016 USDA report.
But many farmers are finding ways to adapt to these rules, said Roberta Jorgensen, a certified organic organic gardener and a member of the International Alliance of Certified Organic Farmers.
“For a lot of gardeners it’s like they have two worlds: They’re growing herbs and not doing the herbicides,” Jorgenson said.
The United Nations also recently issued a report stating that herbicides were responsible for more than a quarter of the planet’s CO2 emissions.
The report also said that “large scale herbicide applications are now a common practice in many parts of the globe.”
Herbicides are considered a global pollutant because they’re not only used for the growth of weeds but also for the farming of food crops, which are also considered an important part of the food chain.
“There are so many things that are contributing to the growth,” Jill Schulte, who studies organic agriculture at the University of California, Davis, said.
She added that it’s the growing of herbicide tolerant crops that are the biggest factor behind the surge in herbicides.
“That’s why I think it’s going to be so important that we start to shift from herbicides to other kinds of crops, especially things like crop rotations,” Schultes said.
Herbicide resistance isn’t just a U.N. report, though.
The Agriculture Department also released a report on August 14 that found that herbicidal resistance has been increasing rapidly in several regions.
The findings, which analyzed the herbicidal usage of 5,000 growers in the Great Plains, Southeast and Midwest, showed that in 2016, herbicides accounted for about one-third of herbicidal application in the Midwest and one-fifth in the Southeast.
The study also found that the herbivore herbicide glyphosate was responsible for nearly 50% of herbivorous herbicide application in