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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Feasibility Study approved for for road safety measures at Shannonvale

first_imgTechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Limerick City and County Council have informed Willie O’Dea TD that they have agreed to carry out a feasibility study on the need for a pedestrian crossing on the Old Cratloe Road at the entrance to Shannonvale.Willie O’Dea TD said, “Many residents of Shannonvale and surrounding areas had requested that a pedestrian crossing be placed outside their estate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Myself and Pat O’Neill have since met with senior engineers within the Council and have now been assured that a feasibility study will be done in the area and if a pedestrian crossing is warranted, the Council will apply for funding from the Department to do the job.The news has been welcomed by Local Fianna Fáil activist Pat O’Neill as well as the Fianna Fáil TD who have been working on the issue on behalf of local residents.Pat O’Neill who had helped secure the pedestrian crossing on the Clonmacken road said, “It was imperative that we acted as soon as residents brought this issue to our attention. The safety of local residents is paramount as there are a lot of elderly residents and young families living within the estate and for them to enjoy the convenience of the local amenities, their safety in crossing what is a very busy road needs to be taken into account.Pat concluded, “We have speed ramps in the area, but these are not serving their purpose and I have also asked the council to look at the height and shape of these, as some have caused damage to the undercarriage of cars due to being so severe.” Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspolticisShannonvaleTransport NewsPoliticsTransportFeasibility Study approved for for road safety measures at ShannonvaleBy Staff Reporter – June 18, 2019 224 Facebook Previous articleLeggy Limerick & Stars of the Future- Talking points after Tipperary defeatNext articleTies between Shannon Free Zone and the Chinese Government stronger than ever Staff Reporter Linkedin WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print Limerick on Covid watch list RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Email Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

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A year of credit union advocacy, education, and compliance

first_imgIn NAFCU’s 50th anniversary year (so far), we have:Had 6 member credit union Congressional testimonies in the first 7 months of the year;sent 315% more messages to Congress in our grassroots campaigns;delivered 151 new compliance blog posts, summaries, analysis, articles, whitepapers, charts and guides to members;produced 341 hours of education; andhad over 570,000 people use our Financial CalCUaltors.And that’s just a handful of the numbers that have summed up our work with credit unions this year so far.  At NAFCU, our mission is to strengthen credit unions by providing the best in federal advocacy, education and compliance assistance. Everything we do is for credit unions and in the best interests of our members. From working tirelessly to advocate your positions with legislators and regulators, to delivering timely compliance assistance resources and valuable training opportunities – we do it for the industry we love – we do it for credit unions.We look forward to the next 50 years working together to grow stronger!View and download the full infographic. 110SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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#GUSA2020 Games: Opening ceremony held at the University of Ghana

first_imgThe opening ceremony of the 2020 Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games was held at the at the Mensah Sarbah Hall football field of the University of Ghana on Monday.Over two thousand athletes attended the ceremony which was its 26th edition.The games, which are being hosted by the University of Ghana, has 11 schools participate in 12 sporting disciplines.It was a beautiful occasion with a spectacular performance by the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana.Olympic style entryGUSA 2020 had a grand style of entry by the participating schools. Each school, led by their captain, entered the grounds with cheers and smiling faces to mark the grand celebration.Speeches from the opening ceremony.Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu says he hopes the GUSA Games would be an avenue for developing sports talents in universities and the country.“GUSA should also have a second look at its routine and periodic games and move towards nurturing and developing talents in sports at the universities.”The GUSA President, Dr. Charles Dumfeh revealed Ghana has won the race to host the Federation of African University Sports (FASU) games in 2022.“I therefore urge member institutions of GUSA embrace this call as it will be great to see all African universities come to Ghana for FASU 2022, the Ghana stands to any university which agrees to host FASU 2022 cannot be over emphasized.”Dr. Dumfeh further urged all athletes to take advantage of this year’s event. To participate fairly and competitively and use this competition as a springboard to have a good career as athletes.BackgroundGhana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) games is an annual sporting event which is hosted by public universities across the country.This year has seen a significant increase in the number of schools participating in the tournament. Eleven public universities are contesting for supremacy across twelve sporting disciplines.The tournament started on 5th January 2020 and will end on January 19.The GUSA Games is under the theme “Integrating Sports into Academia for Youth Empowerment and Development”.Participating universities include the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), and the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).Others are the University for Development Studies (UDS), the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), and the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA).Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) are the two new entrants to the GUSA Games.Images from the opening ceremonylast_img read more

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