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.

13th May 2020

The response for Ireland’s food future must be diversification to growing a range of nutrient crops on a soil, area and scale-appropriate basis. To meet the nutrition sources set out in the EAT Lancet reference diet, reduce imports, and sustain Irish farming and rural economies, there must be an immediate turnaround.

20th April 2020

In addition to health impacts in Ireland's rural areas, ammonia emissions from agriculture account for around 50% of the total health impacts of polluted air in urban areas. Moreover, ammonia emissions have risen steadily, year on year, in line with government policy to expand dairy and other animal agriculture.

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.

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.

26th August 2020

Just as the Dáil rose for its summer recess, Minister of State for Agriculture Pippa Hackett announced a very short consultation over the traditional August holiday period, on the outline of the Draft Agriculture Appeals (Amendment) Bill 2020.

Significant Water Management Issues in Ireland - A Submission by An Taisce

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) has published a document outlining the Significant Water Management Issues for the third River Basin Management Plan for Ireland for public consultation.

An Taisce welcomes the opportunity to comment on Significant Water Management Issues in Ireland and has made the attached submission.

7th August 2020

A swimming ban is in place across north and west Clare due to increased bacterial levels in the water. This is likely a result of intense rainfall causing runoff from farmland and septic tanks to enter local rivers which then discharge their pollution load into the affected coastal waters.

7th July 2020

In a report released last week, the European Commission has assessed Ireland as being at high risk of non-compliance with agreed air pollution reduction commitments before and after 2030. Ireland’s policies and measures to address ammonia pollution are deemed inadequate to meet the required limits. An Taisce has warned that immediate and effective action is needed to reduce ammonia emissions as other nations are now doing with due urgency.

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