Can Small Organic Farmers Survive The Economic Crisis

So, the big question is, what will happen to all the momentum gained in the organic food movement, now that the world economies are crashing around our feet? Will consumers revert back to buying the heavily sprayed pesticide crops from conventional grocers? Or will they continue to pay a premium to continue eating organic foods from the small farmers, such as the ones the G Living staff buys from? Well, based on my conversations with some of those farmers this past weekend, they seem to be doing fine. They tell me, there hasn’t been any noticeable change in volume of buyers or the amount they buy each week. One farmer did say, he decided to keep his prices lower and ate the higher cost of fuel, to make sure he kept his long term customers happy.

In the clip above from an Irish TV network, the story seems to be the same over in Ireland. The station interviews both a small organic farmer and the largest Irish Organic grocer, with both of them saying sales are steady. The consumer seems to value the quality and is holding firm on their food buying choices for now.



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