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

Tillage is the second most viable farm type after dairy, according to Teagasc. Only 15 per cent of cattle-rearing farms were deemed to be economically viable.

Recession wiped out 15 years of off-farm employment growth, conference told

High milk consumption does not increase the risk of heart disease and type2 diabetes “and indeed may provide benefit”, a conference on milk and nutrition was told this evening.

Lower risk of ill-health for people with high dairy intake, conference hears

Maireád McGuinness: her  call on the EU to immediately drop the superlevy regime in light of the impact of the Russian ban on dairy produce was rejected. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

MEPs say farmers should not have to pay the price for political crisis

A grandstand view at the 2014 International Sheepdog Trials at Kilbegnet, Co. Roscommon, yesterday. Photograph: Joe O'Shaughnessy

Visitors flock to international sheepdog trials in Roscommon

Juergen Voegele, director of the agriculture and environmental services department of the World Bank: “We need a future model of food security that enables production systems to be carbon-neutral.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Food prices rises inevitable because of global demand, conference told

Social farming is well established in countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands where farmers are paid for mentoring.

HSE studying review of pilot project

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