Originally Posted by Corsendonk
... provide further information for people with a poor undestanding of the organic food sector in Ireland. Why would I use totally different subject stats to contradict one another?
Its my opinion
thats why I started the paragraph "In my opinion". Sorry if it wasn't more obvious for you. Basically the greens had a vision to increase organic production in Ireland with farmers markets selling local produced organic products but the industry is heavily skewed towards animals and their by products. Their are one or two large organic growers of produce, small local suppliers but as one poster here points out alot of the products sold at these venues is either/and
- isn't Irish
- isn't organic
- isn't local
Farners Markets don't seem to be regulated in the way supermarkets are inspected by the Dept of Agriculture to ensure they correctly display country of origins. People sometimes assume that when carrots have soil on them and tops they must be organic or local...
It seems you are still confused about the diference between "Farmers Markets" and "Country Markets", so perhaps your claim that "people" have a poor understanding is more widespread that even you realise!
Farmers markets in ireland clain to have;
- Organic Fruit & Vegetables (Largest selection on display anywhere in Ireland - over 200 varieties)
- Organic & Free Range Meats
- Organic Eggs
- Organic Bread & Speciality Cakes
- Organic & Farmhouse Cheeses
- Organic Herbs, whole food, Craft Bakeries
- Islamic Food & Gourmet Pies
- Chatuturie & French Paterise
- Fresh Fish & Shellfish
- Free Trade Coffee beans and teas, Juice Bar
- Artisan foods including oils, olives, salads, chutneys, pasta, nuts, jams, chocolates, home made fudge, wine.
- Mexican, Japanese, Italian, French, German, Lebanese, Indian and Malaysian Foods Stalls
- Craft Stalls: Toys, Linen, Jewellery, clothes & Jewellery
- Massage, bottled waters, Plants & Fresh Flowers
As you can see, over 200 types of fruit and vegatables, coffee, tea, Olives, oils, Mexican, Japanese, Italian, French, German, Lebanese, Indian and Malaysian Foods Stalls and so have no connection whatever to Irish farmers, nor any connection to being organic or not.
Just because it's called "Farmers markets" might conjure up an image of Irish farmers toiling the soil, but don't be deceived by the name. The people involved in the "Farmers Markets" are generally traders who, for example, buy fruit and vegatables in the dublin markets and, just like any other retailer in ireland, sell them to consumers. Just because they do it outside in supermarket car parks, or wherever else, does not mean they have any connection to "farmers" and the name is just a clever piece of marketing.
The Country Markets Ltd was established in 1946 by the Irish Homespun Society and the Irish Countrywomen’s Association. Country Markets Limited was established as a totally independent registered co-operative Society and was affiliated to I.C.O.S. (Irish Co-operative Organisation Society) in early 1947.
The aim of Country Markets Limited is to market, by co-operative means, producer members’ good fresh quality farm, garden and home produce and traditional crafts using our natural resources. Marketing co-operatively in this way it is hoped to enhance, in a small way the family income.
Generally speaking, the members of the Country Markets, themselves, grow the produce they bring to the markets for sale. It's important to understand the difference. If you are in any doubt, go to a "Farmers market" and then go to a "Country Market" (http://www.countrymarkets.ie/our-markets
The Greens are no doubt well intentioned, but the Country Markets have been going for decades before the Green Party was even a twinkle in the eye of Christopher Fettes.