What is a sustainable diet?

According to the FAO (Food & Agriculture of the United Nations), a sustainable diet are those “diets with low environmental impacts which contribute to food and nutrition security and to healthy life for present and future generations; are protective and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems, culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable; nutritionally adequate, safe […]

Irish agriculture and carbon neutrality

  In Ireland, agriculture accounts for 32% of all GHG emissions. The sector is dominated by livestock production with enteric fermentation accounting for 47% of this, manure management at 27% and nitrogen application to agricultural soils accounts for a further 22%. A further 5% of agriculture’s emissions is attributed to fossil fuel combustion. The EPA […]

The interconnections between agriculture, food and climate change

“to eat is an agricultural act” – Wendell Berry Concerns around climate change, agriculture and food nutritional security are interlinked and issues in one cannot be resolved without considering the others. Climate change impacts agriculture and consequently food nutritional security. Moreover, agriculture impacts climate change, contributing 35% of anthropogenic CO2 thereby constraining the ability of […]