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Irish Farmers’ Association environment chairman Thomas Cooney rejects Green Party calls for “less of Ireland’s sustainable dairy and beef produce”.

A coalition of environmental campaign groups has called on the Government to commission a new national “land use plan” aimed at reducing emissions, pr(...)

 Last month, a study was published in the journal Science assessing the potential of aiming for a trillion trees on the planet

The first wind in weeks sent waves of silver skimming across the trees. Millions of flickering summer leaves, on less than an acre, breathing in CO2, (...)

Alternative land uses could provide positive returns, rather than the losses that beef production entails. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As Ireland’s economy has recovered, there has been a steady increase since 2014 in our greenhouse gas emissions. If Ireland is to have any chance of (...)

Cattle on the outskirts of Kilkenny. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Last Saturday, just as word was coming through of a deal to allow large amounts of South American beef into the EU, RTÉ was showing its Reeling in the(...)

KPMG partner David Meagher: “There is a growing sense that agribusiness is on the cusp of significant change.”

The latest Irish Farmers Journal/KPMG Agribusiness Report focuses on the competitiveness of the Irish food and agriculture sectors and how they measur(...)

A former minister for agriculture, Simon Coveney said the CAP is worth about €12 billion annually to Irish farmers. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government’s climate action plan is designed to ensure Irish agriculture is prepared for future changes in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) fo(...)

Minister for Climate Action  Richard Bruton. His plan takes on board  the recommendations of the all-party committee on climate action in its report earlier this year. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

The Government plan to tackle climate disruption due to be published on Monday will set out how carbon pricing, including escalating carbon taxes, wil(...)

Stoat on dry stone wall. Illustration: Michael Viney

Once, in what proved to be a rite of passage, I followed writer and cartographer Tim Robinson as he led a tortuous way across the field walls on Aran (...)

Agriculture graduates  have a relatively high employment rate. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty

Agriculture is moving centre stage. Consume less meat? Grow and eat more plants? Protect the environment? These are among the most discussed and urgen(...)

Draft proposal on climate disruption aims for   70 per cent of Irish electricity needs to  come from renewable sources by 2030. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The use of the term “climate disruption” in the title of the Government’s plan to respond to a rapidly warming world suggests there is finally a minds(...)

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