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
As the federal government ponders the future of farm programs, one research group is preparing for life with or without price supports. The Peanut Collaborative Research Support Program is finding worldwide solutions now that may help Georgia farmers in the future. “Peanuts are a global crop with global problems,” said John Williams, assistant program director of the Peanut CRSP at the University of Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station in Griffin. “Peanuts have leaf spot wherever they grow,” he said. “Wherever peanuts are grown, used or stored, aflatoxin is a problem. The research we support in utilization has no boundaries. Some of it is focused on small producers, but that’s scale. Those technologies can be scaled up much easier than scaled down.” The Peanut CRSP uses international research to solve the global and domestic problems of growing peanuts. “The Peanut CRSP is the outcome of an act of Congress to deploy the skills and knowledge of the land-grant system for development,” Williams said. “The goal is to achieve peanut technology that helps both developing countries and the United States.” One of the program’s major focuses is creating new peanut products. “Developing products outside the United States promotes consumption, which encourages exports and trade,” Williams said. Scientists at the UGA Center for Food Safety and Quality Enhancement in Griffin add to the program. They’ve focused on product development in the Philippines and Thailand and post-harvest handling and storage in Jamaica and Belize. In 1996, a new project began in Bulgaria. One of the greatest possibilities for U.S. farmers is oil. “The potential is spectacular for peanuts,” Williams said. “The oil from peanuts, from a health perspective, equals the quality of olive oil.” Olive oil sells for three to four times the price of other oils. “We’re working to help expand that quality market. And we’re going to be promoting these desirable high-oleic oils so people move to frying with healthier oils,” Williams said. “The general peanut oil isn’t as healthy as canola or olive oil. But these new ones are,” he said. “They match very closely with olive oil’s health qualities. Down the road, it’s going to be really important.” The CRSP research also enables farmers to grow peanuts with lower input costs. “On a global scale, a sustained development of technologies has led to better varieties,” Williams said. “There are a number of components of that. One is developing and accessing germ plasm. Many of the problems with peanuts have cheap solutions in the genetics.” That long-term investment into resistance is going to be important. “The people outside the United States have been more concerned up until now, because they’ve had to compete on a world-price basis,” he said. “So for them, cheap technology to control diseases has a greater priority than here.” The long-term survival of the American peanut industry may depend on using such technology. “Certainly it could help reduce chemical inputs,” he said. “And you will have to use other technologies like integrated pest management that use resistance, management techniques and a small amount of chemicals.” One of the CRSP successes is research that takes genes from wild relatives and puts them into peanuts to create resistances. Farmers now can buy varieties resistant to leaf spot disease, which costs Georgia farmers $100 to $150 per acre per year for chemical control. “The opportunity is there through resistances to cut that to $50 per acre,” Williams said. The Peanut CRSP can show a $10 U.S. return for every $1 spent from the release of new varieties, he said. “When the program was started there was a great deal of cry about why Congress was spending all this money to make other countries more competitive,” Williams said. “That probably has changed.”
LIBERTY, Ind. – Whitewater Memorial State Park will close temporarily to allow controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks. The dates for the closings are Monday, Nov. 17-18 and Monday, Dec. 1-2.The reduction program includes seventeen other state parks and participation is limited to hunters that were drawn last September.Whitewater Memorial will close to the general public the evening before each of the two efforts and reopen the morning after each two-day reduction.DNR biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction each year based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park. The reductions help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain habitat throughout the state parks for all plants and animals.Information on 2015 state park deer reductions, including online applications, will be available next summer at dnr.In.gov/fishwild. The application deadline is usually at the end of August.