Glyphosate is cleared for use in the EU until December 2022. Photograph: iStock

Ireland is unlikely to follow Germany and other EU countries in banning use of the weed killer glyphosate– the subject of billion-dollar US lawsuits o(...)

The availability of synthetic meat will lead to dramatic changes in human diets, while being immensely challenging for the farming and agrifood industry.   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Food production driven by science is about to enter an era of rapid innovation. Synthetic meat composed from stem cells in cattle, and made with remar(...)

Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive of Food Safety Authority of Ireland, and Dr Bernhard Url, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority. Photograph: Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

The world has to wake up to the implications of a new era of rapid food innovation, including the generation of synthetic meat that will be routinely (...)

Dr Pamela Byrne, chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland with Dr Bernhard Url, executive director of the European Food Safety Authority at the Food Safety Science Conference in Dublin. Photograph: Shane O’Neill/SON Photographic

Europe’s high levels of food waste “are an ethical scandal at a time when hundreds of millions of people around the world are going hungry”, according(...)

Obesity costs the State €1.2 billion a year. Photograph: iStock

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has signed into law the ability of physicians to prescribe cannabis-based drugs for a variety of conditions. N(...)

Bee campaigners outside the Department of Agriculture. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Campaigners have handed in a letter to the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed, calling on him to support the banning of more pesticides which har(...)

As our understanding of the microbiome develops scientists are hopeful of finding out more about how probiotics might be used.

Probiotics are riding such a wave of popularity it is even possible to get face creams, masks and serums that include these “good” bacteria. They can (...)

Superbugs: there is a  need for guidelines on antibiotic prescribing to be simplified so that they can be applied more easily in everyday practice. Photograph: iStock

Imagine I told you of a new disease that was on track to become a bigger killer than cancer by 2050. You would be alarmed, I imagine, and want to know(...)

What many  manufacturers call curry sauce is really a ‘curry sauce powder mix’. File photograph:  Getty Images/iStockphoto

It was the billboard that did it. Beside a supermarket in leafy Dublin 6 there stood an advertisement for what appeared to be a satanic cult. Monks in(...)

 Martin Higgins, chairman, FSAI and Dr Pamela Byrne, CEO, FSAI. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill, SON Photographic

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has developed a new DNA tool that will enhance the ability to fight food fraud. It enables the entire genetic con(...)

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