Susan O’Keeffe: For the wrong reasons, Ireland could become a self-sufficient, food-secure country

Charlie McConalogue may be wrong in the moment to encourage the growth of feed crops rather than food but he is right in the longer term

‘Charlie McConalogue, the Agriculture Minister, is urging farmers to grow more crops to offset some commodity shortages, something the Minister knows really cannot easily be turned around in one season.’ Picture: Getty

Great debates are taking place across the globe about the emergence of a new world order following Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of neighbouring Ukraine. Will new alliances form? Will old alliances break up or strengthen? Is a new bi-polar world emerging from this current crisis?

Despite the thousands of hours spent publicly discussing and disagreeing on such matters, much is in the lap of politicians who, as of now, have no idea how this conflict ...