Ireland to home-grow organic foods
by David Masters
April 21, 2008
Ireland’s Green Party has announced that it is hoping to increase organic food production in the country 500% by 2012.
Trevor Sargent, the minister of state responsible for food and horticulture, said in a speech at the Green Party conference that a government announcement detailing a strategy for organic food production is immanent.
Europe is the biggest market for organic food in the world, and demand for organic food in Ireland is growing.
€66 million of organic food was sold in Ireland during 2006. This is expected to rise to €400 million by 2010.
However, at the moment 70% of this organic food is imported.
Sargent believes that moving production to Ireland will create more local jobs whilst meaning that less energy is used in distribution and transport.
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