Sales of organic food in Ireland are up 20pc, boosting the prospects for farmers who have converted to organic production in the last 12 months.
The market is now valued at €136m, up €22m on this time last year, according to Kantar WorldPanel, and this compares favourably to a 3.1pc growth in overall grocery sales.
This market growth is mirrored across Europe, with Italy, Germany and France all reporting significant increases in organic sales year on year for the last seven years.
With just 2pc of Irish farmers certified organic, it remains frustrating that farmers continue to ignore one of the most obvious market opportunities available to them.
Irish farmers are producing high-quality goods but receiving commodity prices for them.
Production costs continue to rise while prices fall, the agribusiness giants' profits increase while farmers decrease.
Sustainability is a term widely used in agriculture, but surely economic sustainability is key to keeping families on farms, the length and breadth of the country. In a post-Brexit world much remains uncertain, however, in recent weeks, European economic analysts have predicted that Ireland will be severely hit for the next three to five years.
The "unique position" that Ireland is claiming to have with the UK to other EU member states may indeed come true as we feel the negative impacts of Brexit more severely and uniquely than other countries.