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.

30th April 2016

Saturday the 30th of April saw a new Hop Garden installed within the Bridgefoot Street Community Garden. Starting from 12 noon the posts and wire were set up by early arrivals including Tim Holmes, Niall O Coinleáin, Hubert Martin, and Robert Moss. Around a dozen people attended the event and heard a talk by Tim Holmes about Hops and their cultivation. We then planted 8 new Golden Tassle Hop Vines to be trained along the wires strung between posts across the garden. After lunch we then distributed Hop seeds for planting and future cultivation.

16th April 2016

This event was organised by Dee Sewell, of the Community Garden Network, with the aim of creating a community garden network in Carlow.

Green Communities delivered a talk about the aims and successes of both Green Communities, and Dublin Community Growers, as networks to promote community gardening and to provide self supporting networks for these important initiatives.

1st November 2015

The Dublin Made Me Market is a free one-day market and talks event in Smock Alley brought to you by journalist Catherine Cleary and Dublin 2020. At the talks we heard from Tony Lowth (NCAD Garden), Kaethe Burt-O’Dea (Spuds and Lifeline project), Iseult Ward (Food Cloud), Elaine Doyle (seed bombs), historian Juliana Adelman (a short history of farm animals in Dublin), Robert Moss (The Garden City) and Duncan Walker (from the Walkinstown Green Kitchen).

24th October 2015

After torrential rain in the morning around 8 am the day then began to clear and develop into a bright and sunny, albeit cold day. Transport to Julianstown was predominantly by mini bus provided by the Crumlin Community Guards. After collecting participants at Pearse College we then moved on to Bridgefoot Street Community Garden. Initially attendance did not look great, but soon after 11 am, and a number of visits to O'Rourke's Cafe, we then departed with a full bus, and car load of green Communities volunteers.

19th August 2016

The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (DAHRRGA) is currently preparing its Statement of Strategy for the three-year period from 2016 to 2019. The Departments Strategy Statement for the period 2016 to 2019 ‘will have a particular focus on the key commitments in the Programme for Government and the other Government strategies’.

An Taisce, Birdwatch Ireland, Hedge Laying Association of Ireland and Irish Wildlife Trust have joined forces to combat The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, proposed changes to Section 40 of the Wildlife Act that will allow cutting of hedgerows from the 1st of August.

21st July 2016

An Taisce contributed heavily to the recently published, “Not So Green” report, organized by the Environmental Pillar in partnership with Stop Climate Chaos. The report was compiled to rebut the often-misleading array of claims made in relation to the supposed climate, social and ecological sustainability of the Irish agri-food sector and to challenge the argument that afforestation presents a viable option to offset emissions from agriculture.

13th July 2016

Embargoed Thursday 14th July 13:45

The new IIEA/RDS report on ‘climate smart agriculture’, was launched today by Michael Creed T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. It shows that Irish agriculture urgently needs to transition towards producing far healthier food with far lower climate emissions. Farmers must be supported to use less polluting methods that can support increasing biodiversity and water quality.

3rd July 2016

An Taisce's Natural Environment Office and Climate Change Committee continue to produce reports on the interaction between Food, Agriculture and Climate Change:

Ireland’s Agricultural Sector’s Role in Food Security in the Wake of Climate Change

The growing human population is putting pressure on the Earth’s arable land to produce more food, while this land, and other natural resources are deteriorating in quality and abundance as the human-enhanced greenhouse effect strengthens the negative impacts of climate change. This phenomenon is described by Kanayo F. Nwanze, the President of the UN International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in the sense that, “It is clear that food security and climate change, humanity’s two greatest challenges in the 21st century, are inextricably linked” (UN, 2011).

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