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.

18th April 2015

The April 2015 Green Communities event was attended by between 30 and 40 people. This vegetable propagation workshop, by Stephen Alexander of Teagasc, covered planting, and the propagation of vegetable crops. Items covered also included organic slug control and disease resistant vegetable varieties.

This was followed by a talk on a wide variety of Herb Plants by Peter Cuthbert. These included Rosemary, Oregano, Mint, and Lemonbalm.

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’

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