National Organic Week is now in its sixth year, in this challenging economic climate it is worth re-examining why people should spend their hard earned money on organic food. Debates in the media about food production and consumption are complex. Food policy is even more complicated and specialised which often leaves consumers unsure about the best way to spend their money and feed their families.
“The organic message has evolved over the years and we now find ourselves in a position that consumers can really identify with how organic food is produced and the benefits that it provides” said Dr Sinead Neiland, Chairperson of IOFGA. Consumers want value for money however they also want to use their money to support a farming system which benefits them and the environment.
“IOA is highlighting 5 main reasons why people should consider buying organic food for national organic week. Once people try the organic options available many become regular organic purchasers” said Grace Maher, Development Officer IOFGA. Organic food and farming is
- climate friendly
- free from pesticides
- guarantees no GM ingredients
- highest animal welfare standards in agriculture
- protects our soil, water and natural resources
IOA is responsible for certifying the organic provenance of its members produce and the IOA symbol indicates that a product has met the highest standard of organic integrity. IOA also works to inform the public about the benefits of organic food and to support the development of organic food production in Ireland. IOA also runs “Grow Organic” which is a scheme for schools, community gardens allotments and non commercial producers for more information see www.iofga.org
For further information contact
Grace Maher, Development Officer IOFGA, Tel 087-6125989