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.

26th July 2012

An Taisce is disappointed with the Environmental Protection Agency’s granting of permission to Teagasc to carry out field trials on a genetically modified (GM) potato line with improved resistance to late potato blight.

An Taisce has dedicated significant work to the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The CAP provides support to European agriculture and rural development. The scale of this support is enormous, with the fund comprising roughly one third of the entire EU budget (the 2014-2020 CAP budget is worth about €350bn) compared to just 0.2% for nature conservation.

7th October 2013

An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland – today expressed serious concern at Minister Coveney’s recent announcement that there will be no rollover of REPS and no new AEOS entrants in 2014.

The Minister claimed that this would achieve “national and European savings of about €25 million”. However, An Taisce believes that these savings mean that thousands of farmers implementing environmentally beneficial schemes and sustainable forms of agriculture will lose, in some cases, half of their total farm income in 2014.

In 2010 the Department of Agriculture published a major strategy called Food Harvest 2020, which sets out a range of objectives for the entire agricultural sector for the next decade. The strategy, if carried out, will have negative consequences for Ireland's environment. A Strategic Environmental Assessment was reluctantly carried out by the Department of Agriculture after extensive lobbying by environmental groups, including An Taisce.

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