Ireland "should be the global leader in sustainable food production", says minister

Speaking at the Global Sustainability Forum in Dublin's Convention Centre today (10 November), Minister Simon Coveney TD endorsed the ambitions of Ireland's 2025 Agri Food Strategy Committee report, Food Wise 2025.

Image: USDA
Image: USDA

He said: "Sustainability is key to our new Food Wise strategy for the development of the sector over the next decade. Environmental protection and economic competitiveness should be considered as equal and complementary: one will not be achieved at the expense of the other."

The report calls for an 85 per cent increase in the value of Ireland's agri-food exports to €19 billion (£13.5bn), an increase in value added in the agri-food, fisheries and wood products sector of 70 per cent to over €13 billion, and the creation of 23,000 more jobs in the sector.

Hosted by Bord Bia and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI), the Global Sustainability Forum brings together sustainability experts, policy makers and senior food industry representatives to discuss sustainable food production.

Coveney added: "I am confident that the lessons and collaborative approach from this forum will help to inform future policy decisions by governments, as well as the practical choices faced by farmers and food businesses of all sizes, from artisan producers to multi-national businesses."

Coveney chairs the committee which will drive the strategy forward, with its emphasis on evaluation and assessment of the sustainability and mitigation recommendations.


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