Organic farmers banking on steady demand for fine foods

Ireland’s 1,200-plus organic farmers are bracing themselves for the effects of more difficult economic conditions, as consumers become more cost-conscious.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
24th January, 2009

Ireland’s 1,200-plus organic farmers are bracing themselves for the effects of more difficult economic conditions, as consumers become more cost-conscious.

During the years of economic boom, food provenance and quality became priorities for many consumers, pushing up sales of organic produce. However, price has again become an important factor, causing uncertainty for organic producers in 2009.

‘‘There is a nervousness out there,” said Lorcan Bourke, business analyst at Bord Bia and chairman of the...

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