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.

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).

1st February 2014

Converting by-products to biofuel will deliver jobs - if a stronger policy framework is put in place: An Taisce

Converting by-products to biofuel, particularly residues from agriculture, forestry and food processing, can deliver a significant jobs boost, but only if the right policies are put in place now, according to An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland.

1st February 2014

Internal government documents obtained by An Taisce reveal alternative vision for Irish agriculture in support of the environment

Essential reading for anyone interested in farming, nature conservation and Ireland’s environment more generally.

21st January 2014

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland – expressed concern in some of the details of Ireland’s new Rural Development Programme (RDP) for the 2014-2020 period. There were several positive developments. These include the relatively high level of co-financing for Pillar II of 46.3%, continued support for disadvantaged areas, the provision of incentives for the collective management of commonage, and a separate organic farming scheme.

6th January 2014

Urgent energy demand reduction and legally binding greenhouse gas (GHG) limits are essential for humanity's long-term survival.

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland, has today called on Government to amend its ‘roadmap’ for electricity generation. An Taisce’s submission to the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources calls for energy demand reductions and legally-binding greenhouse gas limits to slow climate change and provide hope for future generations.

Energy Demand Reductions:

13th November 2013

An Taisce calls on Minister Coveney to protect the EU Soil Framework Directive and introduce CAP schemes to support soil regeneration

EU considering withdrawal of important environmental legislation

An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland – today called on Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to take steps to protect the proposed EU Soil Framework Directive and to introduce schemes under the new CAP reform to support agricultural practices that preserve and regenerate soil health.

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