“There are economic advantages to buying Irish.”

The Sunday Times looks at the economic patriotism behind the Love Irish Food campaign. From the ST article

Jim Power, the economist fronting the campaign, admits it is a commercial tactic by a food industry under pressure. “We are seeing moves from certain retailers about sourcing less product in Ireland. Exchange-rate movements, particularly against sterling, have been adverse for the last two years,” he says. “Disposable income is under pressure and consumer spending is down.

“There are economic advantages to buying Irish. You are preserving jobs and contributing to the exchequer finances of this country. People may talk about an all-Ireland economy, but it is not that. What’s spent in the north stays there. People need to realise the economic implications of what they are doing.”

And those Irish British chickens get a mention..

To qualify for a Love Irish Food logo, 80% of a product’s manufacturing must be done in Ireland and companies must use local ingredients “where possible”. Does this proviso allow some products to slip through a loophole?

“No,” says Power. “If the ingredients are available and the company doesn’t use them, the label will not be included.”

While he stresses that Love Irish Food is not a lobbying organisation, Power adds that stricter rules on labelling are needed. “I went to Tesco last Saturday and saw chicken with Irish flags on it, but its source was Northern Ireland,” he says. “The whole packaging regime here is mad. You can bring in a chicken from Thailand, package it, and suddenly it’s an Irish chicken.”

And that’s without mentioning those turkeys..

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  • Jamesy

    “To qualify for a Love Irish Food logo, 80% of a product’s manufacturing must be done in Ireland”

    Ireland the country, not the island?

  • Pete Baker

    Jamesy

    Yes.

    The detail on that is in this previous post.

  • Jamesy

    Pete, isn’t that like sticking two fingers up at all those in N.Ireland who regard themselves as Irish?

    Dublin only wants you when it suits them!

  • Jamesy

    “Please buy our Irish passports, you’ll be one of us and we’ll look after you like you were a full citizen of the Republic…..but don’t expect us to buy your chickens”

  • Pete Baker

    Jamesy

    “Pete, isn’t that like sticking two fingers up at all those in N.Ireland who regard themselves as Irish?”

    Possibly.

    But there is an economic imperative.

  • Jamesy

    “But there is an economic imperative.”

    Judas had an economic imperative too

  • Do Unionists consider their food to be Irish though? Does food have a nationality?

  • ohmy

    Tony Blair’s four children have Irish citizenship – with at least one, Kathryn, using her Eire passport to travel.
    Tee hee hee methinks Englands fkd after all Tony knows when to hand over and fek off.Lets see if the tuv and dupers are as smart.

  • The Raven

    It’s an economic imperative that I would love to see linked further into the environmental imperative. By way of example, I recently went into a supermarket, and just for the craic, I decided to buy only those products which were grown/manufactured in these Isles – GB and Ireland.

    Not a mission. I just about managed spuds and Scottish strawberries. And the spuds were from Cornwall. Pretty bad job all round.

    FT, if I *had* to apply a label to myself, it wouldn’t have the Irish flag on it. But I’d wholeheartedly support any campaign that ensures that the food miles are cut to a couple of hundred, as opposed to thousands.

  • borderline

    Agree with The Raven.

    These campaigns are counter-productive anyway. The reason that Irish folk won’t buy Irish food is that is too expensive or tastes crap. It is actually the patriotic thing to do to quicken the whittling-out process.

    Buy Barry’s Irish Tea instead of PG Tips – what sort of nonsense is that?

    one more point. Dubliners have local beer, if you can call guinness beer. What about the rest of us?

  • Scaramoosh

    “Do Unionists consider their food to be Irish though? Does food have a nationality?”

    I was recently in a supermarket in Bangor, which shall remain nameless, when I overheard a couple from the loyalist tribe return some strawberries back to the shelf, with words to the effect of;

    “I’m not buying any of that Free State muck.”

  • The Raven

    In addition to that, Borderline, I think I’d have to clarify that if you *did* go down the line of only buying from these islands, you’d have to go without an awful lot of thy daily bread. Most fruit…many veg…you mentioned tea…coffee…sugar… You’d be hard pushed to make it a lifestyle.

    Here’s something of interest….

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1024833/Nine-meals-anarchy–Britain-facing-real-food-crisis.html

    (ignore the fact it’s the Mail!)

    …but this is a little more positive.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7152009.stm

  • borderline

    Good articles. Getting on for 60 million on the island next door, the mail may have a point.

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