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Pressure on Irish organics for huge price cuts

Date Published: 27/05/2009

The Irish Times reports that organic producers and processors in Ireland are coming under pressure from multiple retailers for price cuts of up to 40 per cent.

This is a truly awful scenario and completely unsustainable. If there was 40 per cent or more margin to be made on organic production everyone would be piling in to do it! There’s money to be made, even in the current climate, but it’s at a more realistic level than that.

if you get it right, organic farming is a viable option, as long as everyone in the chain appreciates that the price of organic products reflects the true cost of food production.

The piece is based on information from our Irish counterparts, the Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association, and while it’s not stood up from any other sources, there is no reason to believe it’s not correct because IOFGA will have the same kind of relationship with its producers as we do, giving it access to the true picture on the ground.