Action from this year’s Royal Ascot race meeting in Britain. Photograph: Reuters/Matthew Childs

What would convince consumers that a no-deal Brexit comes at a cost? Shortages at the shops? Probably not, and not likely to happen - assuming a relax(...)

Police with demonstrators on Blackfriars Bridge in London at a protest called by Extinction Rebellion to raise awareness of the dangers posed by climate change. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

All 82 activists arrested during a mass environmental demonstration in London have been released under investigation, the Metropolitan Police said. (...)

The Department of Agriculture stressed  these reports “do not appear to have any immediate significance for Irish hares:.

The Department of Agriculture has said there will be increased vigilance throughout Ireland after reports of the death of large numbers of brown hare(...)

Plans are being prepared to “suspend food controls” if there are any delays to imports of perishable foods at Britain’s borders. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

UK food safety controls could be suspended to prevent perishable goods getting delayed at UK borders if no Brexit deal is secured, a report claims. (...)

 Iceland managing director Richard Walker with some non-plastic packaging. Photograph: Iceland/PA Wire

All plastic packaging across Europe will be recyclable or reusable by the end of the next decade, under plans to tackle marine pollution. The first E(...)

Average shopper in England now takes home about 25 bags a year from supermarkets. Photograph: iStock

The number of plastic carrier bags handed out by large stores in England fell by 83 per cent since they started charging a levy for their use, governm(...)

A study of the Cheltenham national hunt festival by Gloucestershire University in the UK shows Irish people bought 57,375 tickets for the 2016 festival.

Irish racing fans spend more than €22 million at the annual Cheltenham national hunt festival, according to a new survey. A study of the four-day mee(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney has moved to reassure the public that there is a plan in place for combatting bird flu. Above, a  digger is used to dump eggs and chickens  at a poultry farm where a highly contagious strain of bird flu was found by Dutch authorities. Photograph: Marco De Swart/Reuters

Alison Healy Food and Farming Correspondent Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has moved to reasssure the public that contingency plans are in pla(...)

Hens and ducks at the farms in  the Netherlands and England are being culled. Photograph: Thinkstock

There has been an outbreak of bird flu on a duck-breeding farm in England and a chicken farm in the Netherlands. At least one case of the virus at the(...)

Flag-waving Northern Irish cows aside, the NDC should prepare for spilled milk before this particular debate is over. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Is milk produced by cows in Coleraine less Irish than milk produced by their counterparts in Cork? Are Northern cows’ technically producing British mi(...)

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