Report brands farming policy ‘unsustainable’

A new report claims Ireland’s current agriculture and land use policy is neither ‘climate-smart’ nor sustainable.

“Not So Green: Debunking the Myths around Irish Agriculture” comes ahead of the expected publication today of European Commission proposals for national shares of its 2030 target.

The study findings, published by Stop Climate Change and the Environmental Pillar, claims the livestock sector, due to increasing emissions, is actively contributing to growing climate pollution and global food insecurity.

It says a change in direction in current agriculture and land-use policy is necessary and possible and points out that efforts to address food security should aim to support small-scale producers.

Catherine Devitt, spokesperson for Stop Climate Chaos (SCC), a coalition of 31 civil society organisations, said the analysis clearly shows Ireland’s livestock agriculture is less efficient than claimed, and does not contribute to global food security.

But the IFA’s environment chairman Thomas Cooney said there has to be a balance between the climate change ambition and the multifunctional character of agriculture.


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