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.
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EPA Report 21 October, 2021
Agriculture emissions increased by 1.4 per cent in 2020, driven by increased activity in all areas, including a 3.2 per cent increase in the number of dairy cows.
Agriculture: Agriculture emissions increased by 1.4 per cent, or 0.3 Mt CO2eq in 2020 and have increased by 12% over the last 10 years. 2020 increases were driven by increased fertiliser nitrogen use (3.3 per cent) increased numbers of livestock including dairy cows (3.2 per cent), other cattle (0.6 per cent), sheep (4.8 per cent) and pigs (2.5 per cent). In the last 10 years, dairy cow numbers have increased by 45.5 per cent with a corresponding milk production increase of 60.3 per cent. In the same 10-year period sheep numbers increased by 21.9 per cent, pigs by 9.7 per cent and poultry by 25.9 per cent.
An Inconvenient (Irish) Fact!
RTE’s Carole Coleman interviews Professor. John Fitzgerald, chair of Ireland’s first National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change.
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.
“They do make money out of milk, so we may well have to – depending on the legislation, have to reduce milk production as well which would be costly but first of all the 500,000 cattle or even more, reduce milk production, farmers are better-off or no worse off and the climate is better.”
Carole Coleman. So you’re sticking with that? It’s still needed?
Prof. John Fitzgerald. Yeah!
Source: This Week- RTE Radio 1. Sunday 10th October 2021.
how the industrial agri-sector, dairy and meat is driving environmental destruction and biodiversity loss in ireland and globally
IRELAND'S NATIONAL HERD - 7.3 MILLION
Europeans consume around twice as much meat as the global average, and about three times as much dairy. To protect public health and nature, and to tackle the climate emergency, scientists are recommending a reduction of European meat and dairy consumption by at least by 70% by 2030.
THINK ABOUT IT! 73 MILLION *POOPS PER DAY IN TO OUR WATER COURSES? THEN MULTIPLY THAT BY 365 - GET THE PICTURE? WHERE DO YOU THINK IT GOES THEN?
*Based on the average number of times cattle shite every day. Defecates – A cow can poop up to 15 times a day. Urine – The average cow produces 3.5 gal. (13.2 liters) daily. More here on what cattle produce.