Category «Animal Agriculture»

Regenerative Vegan Agriculture is the Solution

By James O’Donovan In Ireland grass fed beef and dairy are the dominant forms of agriculture and farmers have practiced rotational grazing for decades.  The result is that Ireland has one of the lowest overall indicators for biological diversity in the world as shown below: Agricultural GHG emissions in Ireland are now over 35% of …

Environmental NGOs think the new EU Common Agriculture Policy is a Disaster

By James O’Donovan The Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) and Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), fund the animal agriculture and fishing industries.  Together these are the biggest drivers of ecosystem degradation, biodiversity loss, soil erosion, water pollution and ultimately poor human health outcomes in the EU. Earlier this year, 3,600 scientists published a paper outlining the ten …

Rethinking Food and Agriculture

Book Review by James O’Donovan The book ‘Rethinking Food and Agriculture is edited by Laila Kassam (Animal Think Tank) and Amir Kassam (University of Reading) with chapters from a range of academics and activists.  The book highlights the urgent need to ‘rethink’ the food and agriculture system and highlights ‘new ways forward’, including alternative paradigms …

Reducing Ireland’s Beef Herd

Irish beef farmers are making a loss. But is that enough to force them to get out of beef farming? There are many other pressures on beef farmers, as well as proposed incentives to get them to exit the sector. Could we see a reduction in the Irish beef herd into the future? By Bronwyn …

3 ways to launch a Factory Farm Divestment Movement

By Michael Shank, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network It’s time for a global divestment campaign against the factory farming industry. It has now proved itself to be as harmful to human health as the fossil fuel industry. While air pollution is prematurely killing 7 million humans annually — for which …

101 Million Animals are Killed in Ireland Every Year

  by James O’Donovan   Gathering the figures from a range of sources we have estimated the number of land animals killed in Ireland each year – primarily from agriculture, animal experimentation and fur farming.  We understand that we are excluding many other animals killed in hunting, poisoning, trapping, etc.  We will present the number …

The Story of Soy

  By James O’Donovan This article is based on reports and websites listed here.   Global Soybean production  In 2016 global production of soybeans was 324 million tonnes on 1.2 million Km2, a 5% increase from 2014 and more than three times the size of Germany.  The United States, Brazil and Argentina are the world’s …

The Facts about Cultured Meat

Cultured or ‘in vitro’ meat is a controversial subject among vegans.  Bronwyn Slater lays out the facts about the process and finds that it may be possible in future to remove animals from the equation altogether.   While veganism is a popular and growing movement and the number of vegans has been on the rise …