Climate & Environment

Culture war of farming versus environment is a dangerous distraction

Nature restoration, emissions reductions and carbon sequestration are fundamental necessities on a par with food production – and our political debates should be about how to pay farmers a proper price for them

Michael Fitzmaurice, the independent TD for Roscommon-Galway, recently announced his ambition to set up a farmers’ party

If you have been listening to the debate about the EU’s proposed Nature Restoration Law over the last week, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Brussels bureaucrats had in fact marched an army on Ireland’s sovereign territory.

References to Cromwell and “cultural imperialism” were just some of the hysterical comments made by Irish politicians in relation to the EU’s proposal to restore 20 per cent of the EU’s land and sea areas to nature by ...