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.

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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