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.

12th March 2015

On Friday the 6th of March 2015 the Bridgefoot Street Community Garden once again opened its gates to the public after being closed for around 4 years. The event was opened with an address by Bruce Phillips (DCC) followed by a talk about organic soil fertility from Robert Moss (An Taisce EEU). This addressed the nature and importance of fertile soil for plant health, disease resistance, and productive cultivation.

12th February 2015

Abrupt reallocation of funds by the Department of Agriculture has hit farmers and Ireland’s most treasured wildlife, including the hen harrier, says An Taisce

An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland has written to DG Agriculture and DG Environment of the European Commission querying the legality of a massive reallocation of funds by the Department of Agriculture under Ireland’s Rural Development Programme 2007-2013. The Commission has confirmed that it is now investigating the matter.

9th January 2015

The closed dates for burning and vegetation cutting (1 March to 31 August) are based in a generic way on what the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht calls the generally recognised nesting and breeding period for wild birds. Any shortening of the closed period under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts would evidently have serious adverse consequences for Ireland’s already threatened and declining biodiversity, and this should not be countenanced by government, notwithstanding pressure from industry lobby groups.

17th December 2014

Irish agriculture claims it can dramatically increase the size and output of the national dairy herd while not increasing net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the sector. An Taisce believes these claims to be manifestly incorrect. It now calls on Agriculture Minister, Simon Coveney, as well as the Irish Co-Op Organisation Society (ICOS) to publicly guarantee the Irish taxpayers that they will not be forced to pick up the tab for massive EU fines as a result of spiralling agriculture sector emissions arising from the expansionist ‘Food Harvest 2020’

24th October 2014

An Taisce is deeply concerned the that many aspects of the proposed programme fall short of the overarching objectives to achieve a sustainable and environmentally friendly forestry sector. Indeed many aspects of the programme are just a continuation of Ireland’s current unsustainable forestry model whose practices over the preceding decades have negatively impacted on biodiversity, landscape and water quality. Commercial forestry plantations have a number of negative impacts on the environment.

11th October 2014

The October 2014 Green Communities event took the form of an open day and tour of the Irish Seed Savers Association in Scarriff, County Clare. Approximately 30 people joined in the tour of whom 20 were West Limerick Tidy Towns Network Volunteers. There were also a number of Green Communities volunteers who made the journey down from Dublin. The day was fantastically warm and sunny for mid October ... a last pulse of summer which ensured this was one of the more special events we held in 2014.

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