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.

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.

8th September 2016

333 delegates representing every EU Member State met in Cork this week to draft a new declaration on the future of European rural development. Twenty years on from the original Cork declaration it is clear that we have failed to align agricultural policies with the imperatives of protecting the environment and tackling climate change. Above all we have failed to improve the lot of the EUs many small farmers and marginal farming communities and the broader rural economy.

6th September 2016

Dear Ms Mulligan,

Please find attached An Taisce's submission to the Public Consultation on the Statement of Strategy 2016 -2019 for the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine.

We would like to draw your attention to other recent An Taisce publications and submissions below that are closely related and complement the attached document.

Forestry

4th September 2016

Twenty years on from the European Unions Cork Declaration on Rural Development the leaders of the EUs Rural Development Policy will meet again in Cork (5th - 6th September) to set out the road map for agriculture, the environment and the rural economy. Twenty years later and the Common Agricultural Policy has failed to create an agricultural sector which is socially, economically or environmentally sustainable.

21st May 2016

On Saturday the 21st of May a dozen community gardeners from various community gardens across Dublin made the trip out to Russborough in County Wicklow. The weather forecast was not great, but as is often the case in Ireland the weather had other plans. The weather was warm and sunny, and the old walled garden well looked after by the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland volunteers. Volunteer gardeners visiting the site included individuals from Bridgefoot Street, Cherryorchard, and Serenity Community Gardens, as well as Grattan Park, and Pearse College Allotments, and WALK.

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