The European Food Safety Authority is reviewing the use of neonicotinoid pesticides and their potential impacts on pollinators such as bees. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is prepared to back an EU prohibition on bee-harming pesticides. The State has indicated it is willing to do this if the European Food Safety(...)

In order to stay healthy for longer and in turn add more years to our lives, it is important to ensure that we look after our health long into our golden years. Photograph: Getty

We have all heard that 60 is the new 40 and if official figures are to be believed, this certainly seems to be coming true. In the 2006 Cen(...)

Guilty pleasure: The FSAI received almost 750 complaints about suspected food poisoning in 2016

Many of us associate food poisoning with eating shellfish in dodgy restaurants in foreign holiday resorts or eating undercooked chicken or pork at a s(...)

Paper nautilus: a glossy white fan of a shell, so fragile that the sun infused it, gleaming through every tight fold. Illustration: Michael Viney

Once, walking the tideline on my first Greek island, I came upon a most beautiful oceanic artefact. It covered the palm of my hand and there weighed a(...)

Bracken: a single plant can eventually spread to fill a whole field. Illustration: Michael Viney Bracken: a single plant can eventually spread to fill a whole field – and it is very hard to get rid of. Illustration: Michael Viney

Clasping the stem firmly with both hands, I tug up fronds of bracken shoot by shoot. The last, buried inches leave the ground so sweetly that it shoul(...)

Chips: European Commission steps up to the plate to dispel fears the Belgian frite might be banned, but it  suggests blanching before frying. Photograph:  Hyoung Chang/Denver Post via Getty

It has been described as an attack on the heart and soul of Belgium, a threat to the Belgian frite, or frieten as they say in Flanders, the national d(...)

The term “superfood” is banned by the European Food Safety Authority.

Over the last few years, seemingly “normal” foods have gotten a higher profile. Blueberries, kale and salmon have all edged their way into our regular(...)

Over 65 per cent of Irish fruit and vegetable samples were found to have pesticide residues and 2.6 per cent had excessive levels. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Two out of every three fruit and vegetable samples tested by the Department of Agriculture contain pesticide residues and one in 40 exceeds maximum p(...)

Few lies can be told in one word, but “superfood” manages it. So what’s the truth behind the food?

Few lies can be told in one word, but “superfood” manages it. It is such an appealing idea: that some foods are healthy, some unhealthy and some super(...)

A protest at the Schuman roundabout in Brussels in May against the European Commissions’ plans to relicense glyphosate in May. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

A last-minute intervention from the European Commission to extend the licence of a controversial weedkiller, which is used widely in Ireland’s tillage(...)

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