LimerickNewsFairtrade Fortnight in Limerick with emphasis on chocolateBy Meghann Scully – March 4, 2020 154 Advertisement The plight of chocolate producers around the world is the focus for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight in Limerick.Luis Miguel Garcia, a Colombian Fairtrade Coffee Co-op Manager gave a first-hand account of the importance of Fairtrade for his co-workers and their families to the assembled audience, which included the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, head of Fairtrade Ireland Peter Gaynor and students from around Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Luis joined Fairtrade supporters from across Limerick and Ireland for the annual initiative, which features a programme of talks and community events aimed at promoting awareness of Fairtrade and Fairtrade-certified products.Young people from across Limerick city and county were also a focus of the event as they displayed their posters as part of the Fairtrade Poster competition, which they created to help change the way people think about trade and the products on our shelves.Speaking at the event, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheahan said: “The work of the Limerick Fairtrade Committee has been ongoing since Limerick became a Fairtrade City in 2005. More and more people are becoming aware of the need for ethical production of goods and become a lot more conscious of where products are sourced.”“I would also like to congratulate the entrants in the poster competition. Through your efforts you are raising the profile of Fairtrade and the important work it carries out across the world.”Luis Miguel Garcia said: “It is very satisfying to know that all the achievements we get, goes directly for people that really need them. That is why I wake up every day to go and work with passion. We need to work as any other Company to be sustainable; for us sustainability is beyond economics; it’s also environmental and social. It´s just that Fairtrade give us the tools to get there.”Chairperson of the Limerick Fairtrade City Committee, Dolores O’Meara said: “The focus is on Chocolate this year. Cocoa farmers are struggling. The World Bank considers the extreme poverty level to be €1.72 per day. The majority of cocoa farmers earn just 90 cent a day. In order to make a proper living wage they need €2.35 a day. Cocoa farmers get just 7% from each bar of chocolate that we buy.”“They need to get a better price for their cocoa beans and to sell more under Fairtrade terms. Fairtrade guarantees them a minimum price for their beans and it also gives them an extra payment called a Premium which can be spent on community projects like wells, schools, literacy classes, updating their farming methods. They depend on us to be ‘conscious’ consumers and to look for the Fairtrade logo when we shop!”This event also saw the winners of the Limerick Fairtrade City Committee’s Poster Competition for schools and community groups being announced.Targeted at schools and community development groups, the Fairtrade Poster Competition 2020 winners are:1st Prize: Vivienne OBrien Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh, Roxborough2nd Prize: Emily Garrett Desmond College, Newcastle West3rd Prize: Lucy Greenslade, Milford NSSr Rosetta Gray Award: Scoil An Spioraid Naoimh, RoxboroughHighly Commended Medal Winners:An Mhodhscoil, Limerick: Lilian Harney, Rose Buckley, Aodhbha Wardle, Alice de Bláca, Michael Linnane, Liam RelihanSt Mary’s Boys’ NS Abbeyfeale: Shane Collins and Darragh LyonsKnockea NS: Ben O’Dwyer and Julianna RonanScoil An Spioraid Naoimh, Roxborough: Ruth Kirby, Isabella Slattery Coll and Hailey LoMilford NS, Castletroy: Beth Murphy and Faye JerbertDonoughmore NS: Aoibhinn Finnegan and Aimee May RyanCorpus Christi PS, Moyross: Kayla Vaughan, Sophie Butler and Emma DowneyOur Lady of Lourdes NS, Rosbrien: Shannon Stenson, Bernadette Corbett, Onuwa Amadi, Hassan Mamun, Hadia Diallo, Elizabeth Palkova and Caoimhe OkafarLaural Hill Coláiste FCJ: Faye Nic Annadh and Aisling Muir TAGSchocolatefairtradeFairtrade FortnightKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Facebook Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Previous articleAidan Corr’s Junior Rugby Round UpNext articleDeposit and return scheme to cut use of single-use cups Meghann Scully Linkedin WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener
The Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) has awarded $94,000 in research grants to seven Georgia scientists and their research teams who are addressing production issues impacting Georgia farmers.GFB President Gerald Long announced the recipients of the organization’s Harvest 20 Research Grants on Aug. 8 during the 2019 GFB Commodity Conference held at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center.“Supporting agricultural research that addresses production problems Georgia farmers are facing on their farms is one of the many ways Georgia Farm Bureau is supporting Georgia agriculture and our farmers,” Long said.A review committee selected the following research projects from 32 proposals to receive GFB grants:Can Common Nutritional Strategies Have a Negative Impact on Beef Production?, principal investigator UGA animal scientist Lawton StewartThe Etiology & Epidemiology of Cotton Blue Disease in Georgia, principal investigator UGA plant pathologist Sudeep BagSurveying and Monitoring Wood-Boring Ambrosia Beetles in Tree Nurseries, Tree Fruit and Pecan Orchards, principal investigator UGA entomologist Angelita AcebesAssessing Potential Impacts of a New Strain of the bacterieum Xylella Fastidiosa on Blueberry Bushes, principal investigator UGA plant pathologist Jonathan OliverAntimicrobial Waxes for Produce Application, principal investigator UGA food scientist Govindaraj Dev KumarEvaluating Snap Bean Cultivars and Germplasms for Resistance/Tolerance Against Cucurbit Leaf Crumple Virus, principal investigator UGA plant pathologist Bhabesh DuttaEvaluation of the Effect of Foliar Fertilizer in the Early Soybean Production System, principal investigator UGA agronomist Mark FreemanThe grant recipients, all of whom have faculty appointments in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, have been invited to present their research results in a poster session at the 2019 GFB Annual Convention in December.“I’m looking forward to seeing the research findings presented at our annual convention in December,” Long said.This is the second year GFB has awarded grants to Georgia researchers who are tackling production issues. Last year, GFB awarded nearly $42,000 in research grants to five Georgia scientists and their research teams working to help beef, poultry, vegetable and row crop producers.Story contributed by Clay Talton, associate field services director with Georgia Farm Bureau.