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 February 2013

The employment growth in the green economy, so desperately needed, will not be happen with such a lame bill.

The Heads of the Climate Change Bill agreed at Cabinet today represent a gutless reaction to tackling Ireland’s greenhouse emissions problem. The lack of targets means that this is a toothless bill.

On a per capita basis Ireland is one of the worst greenhouse gas emitters in the world and bears a responsibility, more than most, to address this.

13th February 2013

Dublin seminar to hear Kenyan expert call for reversal of EU biofuels policy.

A seminar at the IIEA in Dublin today will hear from David Barisa of ActionAid Kenya. David works with Kenyan communities affected by disposition to make way for industrial biofuel production – and fending off such attempts.

David worked successfully with the Malindi community to stop an Italian company establishing an industrial biofuel plantation in Dakatcha woodland in Kenya’s coastal region.

12th February 2013

The Heads of Bill of a Climate Change bill were to be produced by Phil Hogan T.D. the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government today. Seemingly it did not go in front of Cabinet today.

Now is an opportunity for the Minister to include targets in his Climate Change Bill. An Taisce will denounce any Bill that does not include targets as ‘Gutless’ and ‘Toothless’.

12th February 2013

The Heads of Bill to be produced by Phil Hogan T.D. the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government on the 12th February 2013, will represent a gutless reaction to tackling Ireland’s greenhouse emissions problem. On a per capita basis, Ireland is one of the worst greenhouse gas emitters in the world. Ireland bears a moral responsibility to address this. An Taisce is calling on Minister Hogan to include targets in his Climate Change Bill.

16th November 2012

An Taisce will hold an open meeting in Tailors Hall on Saturday 8th December from 2.00 - 3.30pm on genetically modified organisms (GMO), and specifically to debate the Teagasc trial of GM blight-resistant potatoes.

The meeting will be chaired by Prof. John Sweeney, president of An Taisce and the speakers will be Suzanne Campbell (agricultural journalist), Ewen Mullins (scientist at Teagasc who is leading the project) and Eanna Ní Lamhna (past president of An Taisce, biologist and environmental consultant).

9th October 2012

Flat rate CAP payments will best sustain local economies, protect family farms and boost rural employment and are in Ireland's overall best interests An Taisce has said today.

The reality is that a flat rate is the single most important reform to help Ireland maintain population in peripheral counties such as Mayo, to protect and develop tourism across the West and North, and to help stem the tide of regional imbalance which almost washed Ireland to the east in the Celtic Tiger years.

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.

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