Visitors last year spent almost €36.5 million during three-day championships

Kate Brett, Aoileann O’Shea and Joseph Brett enjoy themselves at the bandstand in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, during yesterday’s People’s Climate Picnic. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Coastal clean-up among events held around Ireland on world day of environmental action

Vietnam, where Bord Bia researchers visited people in their homes. Photograph: Frank Miller

Research helping to understand how consumers think in other countries

Micheal Keegan, who renovated the tractor belonging to his grandfather Charlie Keegan who won the World Ploughing competition in 1964. At the wheel is daughter Nelly. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The green Deutz D40Ltractor, restored by grandson Michael, will take centre stage at Ploughing Championships

Competitors in the Senior Class at last year’s contest. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dry weather predicted for three-day event at Ratheniska in Laois

Oscar and Arthur Kenevey, of Clarehall, Dublin, at the bandstand in St Stephens Green, Dublin for the People’s Climate Picnic today as world leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny prepare to meet in New York next week for a UN crisis summit on climate change. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Protest rallies in 161 countries aim to focus world’s eyes on climate change

Organic standards are stricter than free-range standards with a limit of six hens per square metre for organic producers, compared with seven for free-range producers

Consumers did not know organic automatically meant free range

Prof David Bell of Harvard School of Business at Bord Bia’s Pathways for Growth seminar in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Senior food business figures told that Ireland is not known for its food brands

Rosanna Davison is a qualified naturopathic nutritionist and a vegan. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Rosanna Davison wrote column urging public to cut back on dairy and meat

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