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 impacts of Irish Agriculture.