Organic food products are increasingly popular in Ireland, with the number of businesses employing organic food workers soaring to more than 200 last year.
The trend has been credited with helping Ireland’s economy to grow by an average of 1.7 per cent per year since 2007.
But despite the surge in organic business, the sector has been hit by several issues.
The first and most obvious is the lack of standards in the way organic food is grown and packaged.
In the past, organic food was produced and packaged in Ireland by large multinationals such as the US and the UK.
However, this has now changed and many farmers are relying on small-scale organic producers who, like themselves, do not have the same industry expertise as the big multinationals.
The organic food industry has also suffered from a lack of certification and training.
In a recent survey, almost one in five organic businesses reported that they had experienced problems or difficulties with their organic certification process, with almost half saying that their certification was not strong enough.
More recently, the Government has announced that it will introduce a national organic certification scheme that aims to help farmers produce better-quality organic food for consumers.
The scheme will also help to ensure that all organic food produced in Ireland is properly certified.
It is hoped that this scheme will lead to an increase in the number and quality of organic products being produced.
However in the long term, there is concern about the sustainability of the organic sector.
While it is still a small industry, organic production in Ireland has witnessed an exponential growth over the past five years.
Last year, organic farmers produced over 2,600 tonnes of organic food, an increase of more than 300 per cent.
The number of farmers who produce organic food in Ireland in 2016 was 7,842, up by more than 30 per cent from 2015.
In 2015, there were 1,000 organic farmers in Ireland.
This year, there are more than 20,000, with a total of over 2.5 million organic produce.
A spokesperson for the Organic Food Association said: “We believe that the organic market is a booming sector, and that organic farming is a key factor in the recovery in the Irish economy.”
Organic food production has been booming in Ireland over the last few years and we believe this to be an important development in Ireland’s food production sector.
“But we do also have concerns about the viability of the Irish organic food business.”
The organic sector has suffered from many issues in recent years, but the government’s move to introduce a nationwide organic certification system will help to address some of these issues and allow farmers to continue producing the very best organic food.