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Revenue has decided to slap VAT from March 1st at the highest rate of 23 per cent on probiotics. And on all health supplements, everything from fish oil to vitamins.

Last October, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed launched a €3.4 million joint research initiative. Nicknamed “Microbe Mom”, it is a collaboration(...)

Turf cutting in County Offaly. Photograph: Pat Sammon

Changes in planning rules will mean commercial peat operators will not have to seek planning permission and allow them to operate without comprehensiv(...)

GM potatoes tolerant to the late blight fungus might  be useful for Irish agriculture. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

In July 2018, the Government announced the prohibition/restriction of the commercial cultivation of genetically modified crops (GMO) in Ireland. Then (...)

Minister for Climate Action John Bruton said the sector had a long way to go to reduce its carbon footprint. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has committed to contributing to the national effort to decarbonise Ireland but rejects any imposition of quotas,(...)

The Central Bank’s quarterly review says: “In the long run, it is likely that the Irish economy would adjust to the new arrangements but the short-run challenges would be immense.”

The Republic’s economy could grow by 4.4 per cent this year, boosting wages and jobs, according to the Central Bank’s latest quarterly bulletin, whic(...)

Beef cattle in Kilkenny. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/Irish Times

If Taoiseach Leo Varadkar needed vindication for his comment about eating less red meat on health grounds and to reduce his carbon footprint, it came (...)

Irish methane emissions have been flat-lining since 1990, says Prof Matthews. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Eating “too much meat” has got a bad press, notably with the Lancet report on its health and climate effects, but it must still be recognised as “a ve(...)

Niamh O’Donohoe, the young National Botanic Gardens-trained horticulturist

What does it take to make a career as a professional horticulturist? A strong back? Green fingers? A love of nature and of working alone outdoors? A w(...)

Beef cattle on the grass in Kilkenny

Ireland has long prided itself on its credentials as a producer of natural, wholesome food. Kerrygold’s international success was underpinned by image(...)

Dr Sinead McParland of Teagasc is to develop tools to help identify the most efficient cows in the national herd. Photograph: Getty Images

A total of 20 early-stage scientists are to benefit from Government funding totalling €10.8 million to pursue cutting-edge research in Ireland. Their (...)

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