Can the organics survive the current economy?

first_imgEmail Print NewsCan the organics survive the current economy?By admin – April 10, 2009 722 Twitter Linkedin WhatsAppcenter_img Advertisement IT’s the dreaded and now, quite annoying, “R” word, but it has hit everything in its wake. Probably because we have let it. Food, is no different and as we get cuter with our purchases, some will let the luxury of good sound choices slip them by as they aim to make their money go further. Top of the list for the chop would be your free range meats and most likely your organic produce. Some producers may differ and others will agree, but figures released recently can indicate a slight decline in organic sales.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In Ireland, the decline is apparent but not fully quantified, but in the UK, sales of organic products present a mixed picture, according to a major report published by the Soil Association.Organic food sales have been hit across all sectors, as consumers tighten their belts in the face of the economic downturn. 2008 saw sales in both regions marginally rise by close on two per cent, but this statistic must be seen in the context of overall food price rises rather than sales volume increases.Industry analysts have said that this has been a really difficult period for all retail, and organic sales have suffered along with the rest of the economy. Reports of this nature describe a very mixed picture as consumers react to the financial crisis. But those consumers who are committed to organic products appear to be staying loyal. This shows the underlying resilience of the organic market, which it is believed will grow again once the economy picks up.Figures would suggest that the organic participants have their fan base and those that choose it as a way of life, but it also shows that the increase in conversion is not that forthcoming as people still adopt a “wait and see attitude”.Th UK based organic body, the Soil Association, issued a report recently and it shows there has been a sharp fall in sales of certain products, including fruit, bread and bakery products, soft drinks and prepared foodstuffs, although even in these sectors, some brands are bucking the recessionary trend. In tandem there has been dynamic growth in sales of organic food through farmers’ markets where figures increased an estimated 19 per cent.Tesco is still the market leader in terms of value despite a fall in organic sales of 9.9% in 2008. Other smaller areas of organic production such as textiles and health and beauty products have also experienced very significant growth.Organic shoppers, like all consumers, have been buying fewer premium products and prepared foods, and switching to lower-cost retailers. There is also a focus on cutting waste and cooking from scratch – sales of organic home cooking ingredients increased by a remarkable 13.5% in 2008, while sales of organic prepared foods dropped sharply.Core consumers who may be cutting back are still determined to stick to their organic principles. Over one third of committed organic consumers say they expect to spend more on organic food in 2009, and only 15% expect to spend less. Animal welfare issues attracted a high public profile in 2008 and sales of organic milk, cheese, some meat and poultry grow by 10.6%, 11.5%, 13.3% and 17.7% respectively, demonstrating that where the benefits of organic production are understood commitment remains firm among ethical consumers.Research shows that over a quarter of consumers who do not currently buy organic food “would like to know more about organic products than they do” suggesting potential to broaden the market still further in the future.Whilst volatility in the organic market looks set to remain in 2009, environmental and political challenges to our current food and farming systems will demand that we develop sustainable production methods in the future. Governments have agreed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. Such cuts can only be achieved in agriculture by deriving fertility from sunshine and organic matter – as organic farmers do – rather than from fossil fuel-based chemical fertilisers. That is a core belief of the organic way and one that they encourage leaders to exploreOrganic farms like all business face uncertainty and volatility. But there are still significant opportunities in some areas – fruit and arable for instance and in developing genuinely local and regional supply networks. Collaboration will also be key to the success of many farm businesses. Facebook Previous articleThe Expert Comment – Paul NestorNext articleOne giant step into Limerick city adminlast_img read more

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The rise of Portuguese Antarctic research: implications for Portugal’s status under the Antarctic Treaty

first_imgPortugal has developed an active Antarctic programme over the past decade. Here, we examine Portuguese Antarctic activity using a variety of bibliometric measures, showing that Portuguese scientific output has grown substantially faster than the field as a whole, with quality remaining broadly constant. Antarctic science made up a growing percentage of overall Portuguese research, up to 0.14% of all papers in 2016—a level comparable to many other nations with well-established research programmes. Alongside this, Portugal has increasingly engaged in policy discussions and produced policy papers for Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings, some of which were based on Portuguese environmental science. The Antarctic Treaty reserves decision-making powers to ‘Consultative Parties’—those who have been recognised as demonstrating substantial research activity in the continent. Our data indicates that Portugal is currently the fourth most productive non-Consultative Party, and has similar or greater output than several Parties who have already attained consultative status—its publication record is similar to that of the Czech Republic, which became a Consultative Party in 2014. The rapid growth of Portugal’s Antarctic research may make it well placed to consider attaining consultative status to the Antarctic Treaty in the near future.last_img read more

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Pinnick restates NFF’s support for Nigeria Pitch Awards as seventh event moves to November

first_img Loading… President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick has restated the Federation’s support for, and endorsement of, the Nigeria Pitch Awards as the seventh edition of the glamorous awards has now been scheduled for the month of November in Asaba, Delta State. Speaking in Abuja on Thursday, Pinnick extolled the assiduity, creativity and ingenuity that the organizers of the awards, Matchmakers Consult International Limited bring into the entire packaging of the event each year, and advised that the same laudable qualities should be retained and even improved upon for subsequent processes and ceremonies. “I am impressed by the hard work and transparency that the organizers of the Nigeria Pitch Awards bring into the process and organization of the ceremony each year. Despite a number of challenges and hurdles to cross over the years, they have never faltered in putting up an impressive show and more importantly, the integrity of the selections have been obvious to followers of the game. read also:Pitch Awards Organizers, Super Eagles  Commiserate with Ituah-IghodaloAdvertisement “It is rather difficult to keep up standards and maintain certain parameters especially with the hailstorm of the COVID-19, but I want to charge the organizers to do their utmost to maintain the integrity of the awards and strive to keep to the standards they have set over the years.” Nigeria’s football supremo further assured the organizers that the NFF’s moral support for the awards remains intact and that the Federation’s top hierarchy would be ready to grace this year’s ceremony taking place in the Delta State capital in the second week of November. On his own part, president of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, Shina Phillips assured that the integrity of the awards is its major asset and that nothing would be done to compromise the high standards that have been second nature to the event over the years. “Matchmakers Consult International Limited will continue to guard jealously the unique qualities and attributes that have sustained the Nigeria Pitch Awards. Our thinking is in the long-term, not short-term. We are fully committed to making this a project that Nigerians, and indeed all Africans, will be proud of.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Every Movie Starring Sylvester Stallone From Best To Worst11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Nowlast_img read more

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Bud­weiser Clydesdales Night Friday at Clay County

first_imgSPENCER, Iowa – The Budweiser Clydesdale Eight-Horse Hitch will be making a public appearance prior to a full night of IMCA racing at the Clay County Fair Speedway on Friday, May 15.The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will make their appearance from 5-7 p.m. Hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. with races to follow at 7 p.m.“World famous Clydesdales, high caliber IMCA racing and the Finish Line Food Court will make for a great Friday night in Spencer,” said CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons.New to the Clay County Fair Speedway this season is the Finish Line Food Court.  Each Friday night, a variety of food and merchandise vendors will be set up outside the grandstand giving race fans and Spencer residents a “festival atmosphere to enjoy,” said Parsons.The Clay County Fair Speedway box office will open at 5 p.m. on race nights. Grandstand tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12.  Children ages five and under are free.IMCA races will be held each Friday night through June 26; July 10; July 17; July 31; August 21; and the finale race at the Fair on Wednesday, September 16.  Divisions featured this season are IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.last_img read more

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Lagos Open: Nigerian players enter second round

first_imgRelatedPosts ITF sets registration deadline for 2019 Lagos Open ITF announces dates for the 2019 Lagos Open Lagos Open: We’ll set up Academy to meet world standard – Ambode Four Nigerian players have qualified for the second round at the ongoing Lagos Open Tennis Championship at the Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, Onikan, Lagos.The duo of Emmanuel Idoko and Joseph Imeh Ubon sailed through in the men’s singles, while Sarah Adegoke and Oyinlomo Quadre also joined the party in the women’s category.Idol sent Kenya’s Ibrahim Kibet packing in two straight sets by 7-5, 6-1, Udon defeated his compatriot, Mohammed Mohammed by 6-3,6-0.In other games decided in the firth round on Wednesday, Tunisia’s Skander Mansouri beat France’s Gianni Mina 7-6(4) 6-3, Takanyi Garanganga of Zimbabwe cruised past Russia’s Alexey Dubinin by 6-1 7-6(6), Zimbabwe’s Mehluli Don Ayanda Sibanda zoomed past tournament number three seed, Benjamin Lock 6-2 6-3, Jatin Dahiya of Indonesia ended the dreams of Nigeria’s Abayomi Oluseyi Philips by 6-4 6-2, just as Calvin Hemery from France pummeled Nigeria’s Sylvester Emmanuel 6-1 6-2. Tags: Lagos Openlast_img read more

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Support Chester! He’s Oscoda Area Schools new therapy dog

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Chester, the therapy dog, is on track with his training to join faculty and students at Oscoda Area Schools. However, the district needs your help to continue supporting Chester as he gets ready for the next school year.Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union in Oscoda will gift a double river tube with an attached cooler and accessories to the fortunate raffle winner! All proceeds will support Chester in the Emotional Support Dog Program. Research indicates therapy dogs boost motivation, learning and attendance among students.The raffle winner will take a trip down the Au Sable river with help from the credit union this summer.To enter, pay $1 dollar for one entry and $5 dollars for six entries. The drawing is June 21.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Outstanding Senior of the Year award presented at Alpena Senior Center brunchNext Let’s Talk: Mental health awarnesslast_img read more

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Jets hire Eagles’ Joe Douglas to be new general manager

first_img Le’Veon Bell says relationship with Jets coach Adam Gase ‘is great’ The Jets have their new general manager.New York has agreed to terms with Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas to take over as the team’s GM, the team announced Friday. Jets expand GM search, reportedly request more interviews Douglas will work alongside Adam Gase to build the Jets around second-year quarterback Sam Darnold.The Jets fired general manager Mike Maccagnan in May.The Eagles also looked at Bears assistant vice president of player personnel Champ Kelly, Vikings assistant GM George Paton and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer for the open job.center_img We’ve agreed to terms with Joe Douglas to be our next GM.— New York Jets (@nyjets) June 8, 2019Douglas has been with the Eagles since 2016 and was a big part of building up the roster that won the Super Bowl in 2018.The deal is for six years according to ESPN. Related News Jets are giving former Eagles’ vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas a six-year deal to become their GM, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 8, 2019He was rumored to have turned down the job on Thursday, but that report appears to have been false.It was also reported by The Athletic, that the Eagles were doing all they could to convince Douglas to stay with the team.But ultimately, it appeared the chance to run his own team won out.last_img read more

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