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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Roma ace Emerson close to £22m Chelsea switch

first_imgEmerson Chelsea close to agreeing £22m deal for Roma’s Emerson Bruno Andrade Last updated 1 year ago 22:05 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Emerson Palmieri Roma Getty Chelsea Roma Premier League Serie A The Blues have had smooth negotiations with the Italian giants and are closing in on bringing him to Stamford Bridge in January Chelsea are close to an agreement with Roma over a £22 million move for full-back Emerson Palmieri.Emerson will be offered a long term contract and Chelsea will pay £17.6m up front with a further £4.4m in performance-related add-ons. The final details of how the add-ons will work are still being negotiated, but the progress is promising and the 23-year-old’s agents have publicly stated that it would be a dream move for the player.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player His representatives have been in London for much of the past fortnight as they simultaneously negotiate with Arsenal for Bordeaux forward Malcolm. Meanwhile, Juventus and Newcastle United have held an interest in Emerson in the past but aren’t expected to compete with Chelsea in January. The Brazil-born Italy defender has only recently comeback from an anterior cruciate ligament injury, having featured only twice since returning.Antonio Conte has long been searching for a left-back to battle with Marcos Alonso for a starting spot, and he is now ready to sanction a loan move away for the club’s current back-up player Kenedy. Meanwhile, if the Stamford Bridge side are successful, it could put an end to their long-term pursuit of Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro. Juve are look like they will struggle to keep the player beyond the summer, but they are demanding a huge price tag and resisting any moves this month.The 26-year-old, however, is now garnering serious interest from Paris Saint-Germain, who are weighing up a move.Chelsea are also hoping to do business for a striker in January to operate as a supplementary option to Alvaro Morata. A move for Andy Carroll looks unlikely after the West Ham man sustained an ankle injury, however. Goal understands that Peter Crouch is one of many names which have been sounded out, with the Blues also linked with Roma’s Edin Dzeko.The plans to sign a new striker will allow Michy Batshuayi to move on loan, with Sevilla very interested in doing a January deal.  Additional reporting from Nizaar Kinsella, Goal’s Chelsea correspondent.last_img read more

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Library and Archives Canada hosts a summer of super heroes

first_imgAnnette Francis APTN National NewsA collection of super heroe comics is attracting a mixed crowd of young and old.The collection is at the Library and Archives Canada building in Ottawa.It includes a growing number of First Nation, Inuit and Métis [email protected]last_img

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