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.

25th January 2017

An Taisce is one of two Environmental Pillar representatives who sit on the Biodiversity Forum. The Environmental Pillar is made up of 28 national environmental non-governmental organisations (NGOs) who work together to represent the views of the Irish environmental sector. While An Taisce represents the Environmental Pillar within the Biodiversity Forum, this submission reflects the views of An Taisce alone.

11th January 2017

You may remember back in October we alerted you all to the Irish Government's attempts to block a ban on the use of pesticides in Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs). Despite ongoing efforts from the EU's powerful farming lobby and various governments including our own, the European Commission has now approved a proposal to ban “the use of plant protection products on some EFAs.

1st December 2016

The Heritage Bill was once again debated in The Seanad on Thursday 17th November, where its flaws continued to be laid bare.

16th November 2016

Dear members and friends,

14th November 2016

Dear members and friends,

4th November 2016

Dear Members and friends,

4th November 2016

An Taisce in partnership with Birdwatch Ireland, Hedge Laying Association of Ireland and Irish Wildlife Trust have been campaigning for over a year against Minister Heather Humphreys, proposed changes to Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, which will allow cutting of hedgerows from the 1st of August and the burning and destroying of upland habitats from March 1st. There is overwhelming evidence that this proposal will have serious adverse consequences for Ireland’s already threatened and declining biodiversity.

10th October 2016

The consumption of infant formula is sounding alarms for The World Health Organization (WHO) around the world but especially in China where consumption is growing as dairy exporters like Ireland strive to expand and dominate the Chinese infant formula market. Regardless of the health, economic and environmental recommendations, Irish dairy producers are marketing their infant formula in China and in other EU and international markets as sustainable, healthy and premium products.

7th October 2016

Ireland is one of 18 member states who have moved to block a ban on pesticides in Ecological Focus Areas [1]. The move echoes the efforts in 2013 of the then Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to block a ban on pesticides within the EU linked to collapses in bee populations in Europe [2]. Despite the expensive marketing of Irish agriculture as a leader in sustainable food and drink production under Bord Bia’s Origin Green [3] initiative it is clear that Irish government remains as backward as ever when it comes to environmental issues.

22nd September 2016

A European Commission Stakeholder Group have today called for a Fitness Check of the Common Agricultural Policy. This official statement supports the position of An Taisce and other members of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) who have consistently stated that a through assessment the CAP is the only way to untangle the gordian knot of conflicting policies within the CAP. This obvious necessity is still opposed by National governments as well as a range of industry and civil society groups.

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