John Gibbons: Ireland must plan ahead now to secure full food independence
There is little evidence of strategic thinking on how we would feed ourselves if we were largely cut off from international markets
The government has officially revealed its carbon budgets for the next decade, and the sectoral scramble for special treatment has got under way in earnest.
On RTÉ’s Prime Time last week, Charlie McConalogue, the Minister for Agriculture, attempted to defend a situation whereby the emissions trajectory of the livestock agriculture sector is now in direct conflict with government policy. His pitch was that “efficiencies”, or new technologies, were going to somehow reduce spiralling methane emissions...
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Wild Irish goats set to be protected from trophy hunters
A number of companies offer clients the ability to hunt the goats, with one promoting the fact that the animal has “ancient” origins
Bord Bia chief hails agri-food sector’s record €13.5bn exports
Tara McCarthy says industry’s resilience in the face of cost inflation, Brexit and Covid is ‘simply remarkable’
Severe cut in fertiliser supply could see food prices spike this winter
Farmers are on the hook after gas hike forces cut in global production by a third, tripling costs and threatening feed supplies for livestock
Supermarkets warned of new rules to prevent unfair trading practice
Agriculture minister said new regulation of relationships in the agricultural and food supply chain would come into force next April, overseen by new office of food ombudsman