Recently, I mentioned here:
But it all seems to me that organic in the monetary sense does 2 things.
- it gets you pr
- it sells your product
Here’s an example. Suffice to say I don’t wish to give [the self titled] ‘our founder’ website traffic [because I personally don’t agree with the ethos] – i’ve decided not to link to his shop. That shop would be the ‘organic supermarket [all one word] dot ie‘ based in Dublin.
On their FAQ’s I would point out 2 questions
- do you support local farmers and suppliers?
Yes, wherever possible we source local produce from surrounding Irish producers
- do you support eco friendly issues?
Yes, we like to do our bit for the environment.
Here’s a quick qustion then….? After you have saved the earth from its chemicals it’s then still ‘organic’ for someone to import [non-irish] pasta from Bolivia and then deliver it anywhere in Ireland.
I don’t have a carbon footprint calculator to hand. But isn’t that a big boat [& truck] load of CO2…. 🙄
At this point let me refer you to an article by Lloyd Alter entitled why bother with organics when you can’t even know what it means.
Here’s an alternate. If you take the Ardkeen Quality Foodstore – I found them by putting irish made pasta in a google search – its organic too [I rang the shop to say hi – retails at €3.50 for 250g btw]. But whilst Ardkeen don’t ‘qualify’ as an organic store – by definition legislation – they are logically greener, more organic by my estimation, kinder to the environment and more supportive of Irish jobs than the Bolivian Pasta & Belgian Chocolate buyers. I liked their fruit & veg page 😉
I then also rang Ardkeens supplier of Irish Organic pasta, Lo – tide. A Moran family run business and spoke with wife Carmel. It was explained that their pasta is for sale in Donnybrook Fair on Morehampton Road, but not in the ‘organic store’. She also asked me to mention that they would be at the Taste of Wicklow festival, K Club 23rd August, if anyone would like to sample their produce. Lo Tide Foods are in Moyna, Kilmeena, Westport, Co Mayo & can be contacted on Tel: +353 98 42616 or Email info[at]lo-tide[dot]com. They’re really nice people 🙂
I’m not saying Kevin Myers of the Irish Independent is 100% correct in his article Green Party is heading for an early extinction and its death should be a source of unbridled joy – on Genetically Modified food and nuclear power. But the guy does get one thinking and does make some valid & quite logic points. His first two paragraphs quite relevant to this
When you see intelligent, successful, wise people suckered by a fashionable but ridiculous idea — then it’s time to really worry.
For even under the now-departed Feargal Quinn, Superquinn was erecting signs in their supermarkets, declaring “No Genetically Modified Foods Sold Here.” A fatuous but suitably sanctimonious statement that was untrue in almost every single department, and about every single item on sale, save for perhaps the sun-dried sea salt from Brittany.
So what is organic….? is it simply one big bandwagon and sure whatever sells with that tagline, ‘certified’ of course, stuck to the label? or is it just one big ATM machine allowed to destroy the ozone layer whilst saving the land we farm….?
I’m going to put this image in again… it seems to make a lot more sense than me eating bolivian pasta and my belgian chocolates in front of of wide screen plasma. After that you could also try punching a hole in the roof of the entire planet and purchase some organic coconuts. Delivered of course…..
update 8th august
so the times online can produce a balanced paper on a controversial [?] subject this entitled Organic Food is just a tax on the gullible by Dominic Lawson….. I won’t comment – you decide.
*The Dublin Food Coop runs a food market every Saturday (09:30-16:30) and Thursday (14:00-20:00) at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Fresh local and artisan produce, mainly organic, and other products for sustainable living are on sale. http://www.dublinfood.coop
Darren is also a judge for the bord bia National Organic Awards 😉