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40+ Organic & Free Range Animal Products in Ireland 2022

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During the pandemic the source of our food became increasingly important, particularly when we struggled to get it. One way to improve food security is to build relationships with local food producers, and in particular those producing in a more sustainable way? Whether it’s meat, dairy or eggs there is pretty much a producer in every county. To find one in your area check out my list of Irish-based producers of organic & free range animal products below.

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Before we get into the ‘meat’ of this article (I do love a good pun) just a note to say that I debated whether to publish this article at all. Firstly we’ve clearly established that meat and dairy diets have a higher carbon footprint than plant-based diets, and secondly there’s the whole ethical issue around eating animals in the first place and/or how they’re treated in modern farming systems.  If you want to read more about this check out my article on Sustainable Ethical Groceries.

That said, the goal of the website is to make it easier for people to make more sustainable choices, not to force my values on others and so I think it’s only fair that I provide information on farmers trying to operate in a more sustainable way so that you can live the life you want to lead. After all with two committed carnivores in my family the words glasshouses and stones comes to mind.

And before further delay here are the producers, arranged by county…

Organic Meat Producers

Non-organic Meat Suppliers
Some of the suppliers listed here use the term ‘free-range’ for their pork or bacon. Unfortunately the term ‘free-range’ only has legal standing in Ireland when used to describe poultry or eggs. That’s not to say that these suppliers aren’t providing better conditions for their animals, just that there is no agreed standard for ‘free range’ farming of pigs or inspections to check that it’s being adhered to.

Eggs
I’m purposely not listing free-range egg producers here because they’re readily available in your local supermarket and so you won’t have to hunt them down. Also i think for the small bit of extra cost organic is better for the planet and the birds.

Dairy

If you don’t see anyone in your county and would like to support a small dairy producer check out this list of raw milk providers in Ireland. Just so you know raw milk is unpasteurised. You can read more about it on the website I’ve linked to.

Honey
We’ve decided to reduce our intake of honey in our house for all these reason but we do buy it occasionally and when we do we buy it from a local beekeeper. To find one in your area check out findyourkeeper.ie

That’s all for now. If you liked this article check our my list of organic fresh fruit & veg producers in Ireland

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Elaine

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