Category «Summer 2019»

Chapter 1: Executive Summary

By James O’Donovan This chapter presents a selection of the main findings of this report along with a list of recommendations for actions to transition to a Vegan Agricultural System in Ireland.                     

Chapter 2: Introduction

By James O’Donovan This chapter presents the reasons why we need to urgently transition to a Vegan Agricultural System and outlines the different areas considered in this report.  It also outlines the principles that need to be taken into consideration for a socially just transition.  It concludes with three recent scientific reports that are advocating …

Chapter 3: Land Use and Biodiversity Impacts

By James O’Donovan This chapter looks at how much land is currently being used for animal farming globally, in the EU, and in Ireland.  It also highlights some of the historical changes in agricultural land use in Ireland and the growth of commercial forestry plantations since the 1920’s.  Finally this section describes the impacts of …

Chapter 4: Water Use and Biodiversity Impacts

By James O’Donovan This chapter describes the impacts of agriculture on Ireland’s streams, rivers, lakes and drinking water from a water quality and a water quantity perspective.  It also describes how Freshwater Ecosystems are the most threatened on the planet and outlines some of the impacts on Ireland’s aquatic species and ecosystems.  The chapter concludes …

Chapter 5: Antibiotic and Pesticide use in Irish Agriculture

By James O’Donovan This chapter describes the extent of antibiotic and pesticide use in Ireland.  A VAS is an organic plant based agricultural system.  This would eliminate the need for antibiotics and pesticides and the huge problems of anti-microbial resistance and pesticide pollution.  There is also an introduction to some of the other major environmental …

Chaper 7: Food Security

By James O’Donovan This chapter examines how Irelands food imports and exports.  It estimates how many people are fed by the Irish agricultural system and how many could potentially be fed by a VAS.  It shows the level of food waste inherent in animal agriculture systems and how it is driving global food insecurity.  Finally …