South Africa’s rooibos farmers go wild to take on commercial growers

Guardian: When rooibos, South Africa's naturally caffeine-free tea, made the jump from health food store to supermarket staple it provided a lifeline for a small group of indigenous farmers. Then drought and the entry of commercial growers into the market threatened them with ruin. But they are fighting back by planting wild rooibos. George Kotze's great, great, great- grandparents were among the first farmers to grow rooibos tea in South Africa's wild and desolate Western Cape, the only place ......

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