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 June 2014

The Environmental Pillar is disappointed​ ​with the​ Heads of Bill published by the government.

Today the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan published the heads of the long awaited Climate Change Bill along with ​a​ new three page government policy on climate change.

"The heads of the new bill are underwhelming given the huge challenges the country faces through climate change,’ said Charles Stanley-Smith of the Environmental Pillar.

13th June 2014

Minister Coveney needs to act fast to stop impending social and environmental crisis

Environmental groups are witnessing major scrub destruction happening on farms now.
Mishandling of farm payments is seeing some farmers pushed to the brink. Ten farmers in West Cork are considering a High Court challenge to government clawback. The Environmental Pillar is calling on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to take swift action to halt a social and environmental crisis that is unfolding across the country.

1st April 2014

It has been another interesting month in the world of Irish agriculture and An Taisce have been in the thick of it. We have been working hard to communicate the environmental implications of the government’s Food Harvest 2020 plan and are in the midst of making a proposal to government on below cost selling.

12th June 2014

To meet binding EU transport targets, Ireland imported 126 million litres of biofuel in 2013 – some 84% of the total 150m litres used here last year.

That’s according to An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland, which is drawing attention to the failure of EU biofuels policy to meet one of its key aims, namely, to boost self-sufficiency in terms of transport fuels.

9th June 2014

May brought a number of developments in the realm of Irish agriculture. Notably Simon Coveney has been lobbying the European community to give agricultural ministers more of a say in decision making with regard to European climate change legislation and the national government have commenced the final period of public consultation for the new Rural Development Programme (RDP).

22nd May 2014

Food Harvest 2020 Seminar held at Nenagh under the auspices of North Tipperary An Taisce,heard speakers deliver presentations on the subject.

Pictured at the event were ( LR) Charles Stanley Smith, An Taisce, Dr. Lance O'Brien,Teagasc, Matt. O'Meara, An Taisce, Dr. Oliver Moore, Agri-food Consultant, Jack Mc Carthy, An Taisce , Seán Ó Farrell, An Taisce.

2nd May 2014

Food Harvest 2020 is being promoted as the answer to Ireland’s future prosperity, but it has attracted little general discussion. An Taisce’s North Tipperary Association is holding a major seminar to be held in the Abbey Court Nenagh, Friday 9th May at 8:00 pm regarding “Food Harvest 2020 - a vision for Irish Agri-food and Fisheries: Are you prepared?”

27th April 2014

The An Taisce proposal would require Ireland’s 5 largest retailers to display the amount they pay to farmers for certain foods – the “Primary Produce Amount” - alongside the sales price; the aim of the reform is to empower consumers to make an informed choice on below-cost selling

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland, says consumers are entitled to know whether the food they are buying is being sold below what farmers receive for producing it. So new legislation is needed to ensure large retailers display the rate they pay to farmers alongside the retail sales price.

3rd April 2014

Food Harvest 2020 will not contribute to increasing food security – An Taisce

An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland - has welcomed the recent publication of a report[1] by the outgoing United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier de Schutter. However, the findings of the report raise fresh concerns about export oriented agricultural policies, such as the industry-led and Irish government-supported Food Harvest 2020 programme (FH2020).


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