Category «Spring 2020»

Integrating Ireland’s Agricultural, Health Care and Climate Goals

By James O’Donovan Most of the problems with Ireland’s current agri-food system are reasonably well known.  Food System Problems Firstly, it’s an economic failure for farmers, with 60% of farmers earning less than €10,000 per year – and that’s including subsidies.  If there were not huge subsidies propping up the beef and sheep industries the …

Dutch horticulture industry leads the world

By Bronwyn Slater The Netherlands is one of the world’s largest exporters of agricultural and food products.  Yet it has less than half the land area of the island of Ireland and is bereft of almost every resource long thought to be necessary for large-scale agriculture.  How did it become the world’s number two exporter …

Veganism and Sustainability in the News

By Bronwyn Slater UN Report Warns Investors to Prepare for Major Shift to Plant-Based Food System A UN-backed organisation has warned that financial markets have not adequately priced-in the likely near-term policy response to climate change.  Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has released a report warning investors to prepare for a major shift towards a …