Photo above: Minister McConalogue presented Ireland’s pioneering food strategy Food Vision 2030 at the UN Food Pre-Summit in Rome.

On World Food Day 2021, 16th October, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD has reiterated Ireland’s commitment to fighting global hunger..while refusing to act responsibly on ireland’s national herd issues. 

(Rhode -October 16 )

“Our actions are our future –better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life. Food insecurity continues to rise with the impact of COVID-19 taking hunger and malnutrition to unprecedented levels across the world. Ireland, by supporting the work of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has taken a lead in advocating for global food systems transformation, to make food systems more environmentally sustainable, providing decent livelihoods for farmers and food producers, and delivering sustainable, healthy diets for all.” Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD Source

This coming from a Minister who time after time has stated that he will not reduce Ireland’s national herd is the essence of hipocracy. In an recent interview Carol Colemen asked Prof. John Fitzgerald “are we kidding ourselves”.

Carole Coleman. “It’s two years since you said that 500,000 cattle needed to be culled in order for us to achieve our 2030 targets, which is a reduction of emissions by 51%. Last week on this programme Agriculture Minister Chalie McConologue said, no they are going to stabilise cattle numbers but they are not planning to cut them.  Are we just kidding ourselves thinking we are going to get to this 51% reduction by 2030?”,

Prof. John Fitzgerald. “Yes we’re kidding ourselves if we don’t see changes in agriculture. But there is away forward for agriculture which would leave farmers as well-off  or better-off and to save the climate. It will involve reducing cattle numbers because farmers have been moaning for years and they are right about beef prices that they make nothing out of beef, so reducing production of cattle for beef and using the land to grow trees, if the government change the rules on trees, they’d make more money. More here…

Photo: Just Forests’ Tom Roche marks World Food Day 2021 outside the Dochas H.Q., in Dublin.

Just Forests marked World Food Day 2021 outside the headquarters of Dochas-the network of Irish Non-Governmental Organisations, based in Olympic House, Pleasants Street, Dublin 8. Just Forests founder Tom Roche handed in a letter to Dochas calling on them to challenge the culprits and the root causes of global hunger – namely Big Oil and Big Agriculture.

Ireland has more agriculture animals than people. ​Animal agriculture is the number 1 cause of Ireland’s declining water quality (EPA). And has contributed considerably to the decimation of Ireland’s hedgerows and the species of flora and fauna that depends on this unique habitat. Worldwide, animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.