Nanotechnology, already in widespread use in healthcare, has numerous possible applications in farming and food production. Photograph: Getty Images

“Smart food” that could be 3D-printed at home and even tell you when it goes spoiled will be possible in the not-too-distant future, according to agri(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: Calls for an urgent increase in the EU intervention price for milk to avert a full-blown crisis in rural Ireland. Photograph: Darragh Kane.

Irish dairy farmers are bracing themselves for further falls in milk prices amid fears the current market slump may drive many out of the industry. T(...)

Amendments to the Government’s climate change legislation will take the bare look off its commitment to engage seriously with global warming issues at(...)

Activists have been calling for an 80 per cent reduction target in carbon emissions to be enshrined in Irish legislation, as it is in other European states. This has been resisted by the Irish Farmers’ Association, however. File photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The Government has bowed to criticism from environmental groups by moving to address the absence of specific emission targets in its climate change Bi(...)

Advances in seafood and seaweed processing  will be among the topics discussed

Opportunities to harvest food from the sea will be highlighted at the NutraMara Conference taking place in Dublin this week. NutraMara, the Marine Fun(...)

Japanese ambassador Chihiro Atsumi throws a stone into a stream at the opening of the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Garden in Tramore. Photograph: Patrick Browne.

A memorial garden in honour of one of the most famous Irishmen to have lived in Japan has been opened in Tramore. The Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Garden(...)

Mary Mulvihill, pioneer of science journalism. Photograph: Brian Dolan

Mary Mulvihill, who has died aged 55 following a brief illness, was a pioneer of science journalism and science communication and a passionate advocat(...)

Ragweed: one plant can generate up to a billion grains of pollen in a season, travelling hundreds of kilometres on the wind. Illustration: Michael Viney

Letting our lawn patches grow without mowing this year offered the pleasure, rare on a sheep-shorn hillside, of watching a sheet of wild grasses shoot(...)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan: “Our neighbours have been set much more ambitious 2030 targets and they will lead the transition to this new clean economy. We will miss out”.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ireland looks set to secure a more lenient emissions reduction target as part of the next EU climate deal, primarily to reflect the State’s high depe(...)

Ireland’s agri-food sector is a massive economic success story which continues to grow, giving graduates of agriculture and food science excellent long-term employment prospects

Everybody needs to eat, the world’s population is growing, and feeding the planet’s billions in a safe and sustainable way is one of the biggest chall(...)