Food Wise states that “Environmental sustainability and economic sustainability are equal and complementary – one cannot be achieved at the expense of the other”. Food Wise enthusiastically supports technology and processes that result in a more efficient use of resources.
A Food Wise 2025 Environmental Sustainability Subgroup has been established, to focus specifically on monitoring and driving the sustainability recommendations in the Food Wise Implementation Plan. This Committee reports to the HLIC.
The Department is in the process of preparing its Sectoral Adaptation Plans for the agriculture, forest and marine sectors. This will feed into the first National Adaptation Plan.
“Environmental sustainability and economic sustainability are equal and complementary – one cannot be achieved at the expense of the other”
The main vehicle for driving sustainable agricultural production in Ireland is the Rural Development Programme. The RDP covers the period to 2020 and is strongly targeted towards environmental benefits including:
The RDP is supplemented by the following other actions on sustainability:
Ireland was one of 145 countries showcasing on the Expo theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” which linked technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity with global food and diet issues. It allowed Ireland to showcase our commitment to sustainable food production, exemplified by Origin Green, a first in terms of a national sustainability initiative.
The exhibition featured Origin Green and The Wild Atlantic Way. Ireland Pavilion attracted over 2.5 million visitors to Expo from May to October 2015 including Bono. The Department co-hosted an event with Italy in support of World Food Programme (WFP). The event led to Ireland doubling our annual contribution of untied aid to WFP to €20 million per annum for the next three years.
Bord Bia hosted the Global Sustainability Forum in association with the World Wildlife Fund and SAI Platform last November, with a large and influential international audience, and launched the first Origin Green Sustainability report.
Bord Bia have collaborated with BIM to host a series of seafood-specific Origin Green planning workshops. These practical workshops are an important first step in the development of individual Origin Green sustainability plans and they have set many companies on the path to full membership of the programme.
During the workshops, participants are guided on how to develop their Sustainability Charter with guidance from Bord Bia and BIM’s Green Seafood Business Programme team.
DAFM hosted a Water Forum in October, bringing together all of the Department and agency staff working on research, analysis and schemes which impact on water safety and quality. Following on from this successful forum, a DAFM Water Network was set up with representatives from the Department and the relevant agencies whose purpose is to provide strategic direction and leadership to strengthen the parallel delivery of good water quality and safe sustainable food production.