IFA to hold climate event to 're-balance' debate


The IFA will host an important half-day event on Tuesday, January 21st, titled ‘Climate Action in Agriculture - A Balanced Approach’. The event will feature one of the foremost experts in the world on the important role of farming in the climate debate, Dr Frank Mitloehner from UC Davis, California.

According to IFA, Dr Mitloehner will balance, with scientific evidence, the discussion about the contribution of agriculture to the climate challenge. Other speakers include Prof. John Fitzgerald, Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council, and Dr. Frank O’Mara of Teagasc.

Speaking in advance of the event, IFA President, Joe Healy said: “Farmers are tired of being kicked around and scapegoated when it comes to climate action. The lack of balance in the debate is very frustrating for Irish farmers, given the high standards we adhere to and the quality of the food we produce. For example, 90% of Ireland’s beef exports are now in an audit and carbon foot printing programme and 100% of milk production is completing a carbon auditing cycle. This is unique – we are the only country in the world that measures, monitors and manages carbon from farm to fork. Yet we are constantly being pilloried for not doing enough. We hope that this event will help in re-balancing what is currently a very one-sided debate."

The event will take place on Tuesday, January 21st, 2pm-5pm, at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, No. 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.