Irish agriculture must change its ways before it’s too late

Comment: Our agri-food policy is adrift from ecological and climate reality, at a time when we can least afford it to be

11th October, 2020
Irish agriculture must change its ways before it’s too late
An extra half a million cows have been added to the national herd since the lifting of milk quotas in 2015

On paper, Ireland is a world leader in sustainable food production. The statistics are impressive: according to Bord Bia, some 53,000 farms and 320 major food and drink companies are part of Origin Green, which it describes as “the world’s only national food and drink sustainability programme”.

On the ground, the situation is a great deal more complex. Since 2012, millions of euro of taxpayers’ money have been spent on developing and promoting...

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