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.

17th September 2019

Late last week, the Minister for Climate Action, Richard Bruton incorrectly stated that agriculture is "Ireland’s single greatest carbon sink". Worryingly, the attempted clarification from Minister Bruton’s department, that the Minister was referring to all Irish land use and not just agriculture, does not explain or correct this deeply confusing and misleading claim.

11th September 2019

In this document release An Taisce is pleased to make public an exchange of letters between Teagasc and An Taisce concerning agriculture and greenhouse gas emissions, dating from 2017.

25th August 2019

An article authored by the An Taisce Climate Committee, entitled ‘Are Teagasc’s industry-friendly climate projections credible?’ appeared on agriland.ie on 25 Aug 2019. Shortly after publication, queries were raised in regard to one specific statistic quoted in the agriland article, namely that “Dairy cows emit 50% more methane per head than suckler cows”. An Taisce is happy to provide the attached clarification of the source of that figure.

22nd August 2019

An Taisce response to the new report produced by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) which confirms that Ireland’s agricultural model of over-dependence on animal agriculture, particularly beef and dairy, comes at a devastatingly high ecological cost.

21st August 2019

Are Teagasc’s climate mitigation projections credible?

Assertions made by Prof. Frank O’Mara, Teagasc’s director of research, (Agriland, 29 July 2019 appear to flatly contradict the climate action advice recently given by the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC) in their Annual Review’s assessment of land use, according to An Taisce.

1st August 2019

The successful candidate will work closely with An Taisce's Advocacy Unit as an integral part of the Natural Environment Office. Practical experience will be gained in all facets of planning and environmental policy with a particular focus on afforestation and aquaculture licensing.

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