JOIN THE CLIMATE MARCH, THIS SUNDAY 29th NOVEMBER IN DUBLIN!
LET’S HAVE A FOOD SOVEREIGNTY BLOC ON THE MARCH!
WE’LL BE ASSEMBLING ON CUSTOMS HOUSE QUAY AT 2PM TO JOIN THE MARCH.
WE CAN HAND OUT COPIES OF THE PROCLAMATION ACROSS DUBLIN AND DO AN ACTION OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has announced extensions to the closing dates of tranches for online applications for the various TAMS II Schemes
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Food Sovereignty Proclamation
To sign the proclamation using the online form, sign yourself as an individual
Expo Milano: Brazil and EU agree organic innovation key to solving today’s challenges
MILAN, 19 October 2015 – The Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation – MCTI – and the European Technology Platform of Organic Food and Farming Research and Innovation – TP Organics – signed a memorandum of understanding in order to promote innovation and enhance mutual learning for organic farming and agroecology in the EU and Brazil.
“Organic farming and agroecology are proving to be key contributors to solving today’s societal challenges such as ‘Zero Hunger’. Increasing support for organic research and innovation will multiply the impact of organic production on global food security while maintaining ecosystem services”. Said Eduardo Cuoco, head of the TP Organics secretariat. “We are very proud to have been recognised as a core partner to promote research, innovation and development of agroecology and organic farming in Brazil.”
“This sends a strong message to the world: Brazil, a major a world player has announced that organic provides solutions to the major challenges. Our cooperation will pave the way for mutual learning and innovation in organic production in both regions,” added Marco Schlüter, Director of IFOAM EU and member of the TP Organics Steering Committee.
“We want to benefit from the extensive knowledge and experience of EU organic stakeholders to help our farmers to reduce their dependency on agro-industrial inputs and to enable them to create stable livelihoods”, stated Eron Bezerra, State Secretary for social inclusion of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. “I am convinced that organic production is not only an important means to improve the sustainability of our food production, but will also help to provide better income for our producers and other stakeholders in rural areas”.
On October 16, MCTI and TP Organics signed a memorandum of understanding to start cooperating on nutrition security, agroecology and organic food systems. The signature ceremony took place at Milan EXPO 2015 during the World Food Day. A large delegation attended the signature ceremony, including Jose Caetano Minchillo, President of the Bank of Brazil Foundation; Danniel Gobbi from the Brazilian Ministry Agricultural Development; Alexandra Vieira, General Coordinator of Food Security at MCTI; and Guilherme Wiedman, Coordinator of the Technology for Sustainable Cities Program also at MCTI.
For more information please contact Eduardo Cuoco, +39 328 417 8783, email@example.com
GLAS and Organic Farming Scheme.
Group of farmers with Roscommon’s TD Michael Fitzmaurice who met with Minister Tom Hayes last week to discuss ongoing issues surrounding GLAS and Organic Farming Scheme.
Minister Tom Hayes recognises the ongoing problems for smaller organic farmers accessing GLAS payments and there was an agreement to look into improving the situation!
Fracking now banned in Leitrim
Policy 129 It is the policy of the Council to apply the precautionary principle to Unconventional Oil/Gas Exploration and Extraction (UGEE) projects/operations proposed within the county. Given the scientific evidence, and personal testimonies, of the risks of UGEE projects/operations and with the objective of avoiding the risk of serious danger to human health or the environment, it is therefore the policy of Leitrim County Council that UGEE projects/operations shall not be permitted within the County of Leitrim.
Success of beef talks shows need for improved communications across the beef supply chain – Doyle
Measures agreed by both parties are sensible and pragmatic
Fine Gael TD for Wicklow/East Carlow, Andrew Doyle, has said that the success of beef talks highlights the importance of the beef forum for helping to achieve agreement between beef producers and suppliers.
“After what has been an extremely challenging year for beef farmers and for the wider industry, I am pleased and relieved that we have a resolution which is agreeable to all sides. With this issue now resolved, the challenge to all in the beef sector is to avoid a repeat of the standoff we have seen in recent weeks and months. We have developed an extremely high quality beef sector which is internationally renowned and upon which tens of thousands of people rely for their livelihood. We must avoid going down this road again.
“In this respect, producers and the industry need to maintain closer contact and the beef forum provides the ideal vehicle for improved communications across the supply chain. The key lesson from all of this is that dialogue is the way forward.
“I particularly welcome Minister Coveney’s insistence that we need to improve the bargaining power of beef producers. The introduction of producer organisations will go a long way in this regard.
“The measures agreed by both parties are sensible and pragmatic. I welcome that there will be no price penalties based on weight until the end of 2015 and that, in relation to the Quality Payment System, there will be no dual base pricing for breed, age or weight. The price incentive agreed for all steers and heifers from Quality Assured farms with effect from 1st January 2015 is, I believe, a positive result for beef farmers.
“I commend Minister Coveney for the manner in which he has overseen a positive outcome for what had been an extremely challenging time for the beef industry.”
Organic Payment Rates Increase Under New Rural Development Programme
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Organic Demonstration Farm Walks 2014 – 2015
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Recent documentary on Gas Shale Fracking
With Laurence Lee from Al Jazeera Television, John Brennan Manager of Leitrim Organic Farmers and Tommy Earley Chairman of Leitrim Organic Farmers on Tommy Earley’s Organic Farm, Mount Allen outside Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim Click on link below to view video http://youtu.be/0M_6QpfGdtY