Agriculture

About 64% of Ireland’s land area is used for agriculture, so it’s impossible to overstate the significance of the sector in environmental terms.

Europe’s food and farming system is broken! The agricultural system currently in place is having a hugely negative effect on our climate, environment and society. It is damaging to wildlife, public health and rural farming communities and works for the interests of a few to the detriment of the majority.

An Taisce has several members attending CoP21 Paris - read their reports from the ground http://www.antaisce.org/articles/whats-happening-on-the-ground-at-cop21

An Taisce Council approved the formation of the Climate Change Committee (ATCC) in February 2014. Climate Change is also the theme of the current issue of the An Taisce magazine.

12th December 2019

[A report from Ian Lumley, An Taisce Head of Advocacy, from COP-25.]

Even more visible this year than at COP24 in Poland is the presence of the fossil fuel industry in rebranding itself as the agent of climate action. COP25 saw a wide range of events promoting carbon capture and storage (CCS) and/or biomethane. These were held mainly in the national pavilions, therefore having support of the relevant governments. The promise of bringing in CCS is the new front for continuing to burn coal, oil and gas, with a bit of bioenergy to greensugar the pill. 

10th December 2019

Prof. John Sweeney's second report on the UNFCCC COP-25 Meeting in Madrid, December 2019. See also his first report: No Real Progress in Week 1.

9th December 2019

Ireland continues to be among the worst performing countries in the EU on climate action, despite slight improvements in our ranking, according to a major international survey published today.

8th December 2019

Prof. John Sweeney reports on the UNFCCC COP-25 Meeting in Madrid, December 2019.

5th December 2019

Recent remarks by Teagasc director, Prof Gerry Boyle regarding Ireland’s dairy industry raise some important questions as to the role and remit of the state’s agricultural research, advisory and training service, according to An Taisce.

11th November 2019

The current model of agriculture in Ireland is broken. Anything other than a radical shift in focus in the next agri-food strategy to domestic food security within a system of enforced limits on absolute annual and cumulative pollution will be environmentally unjustifiable.

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