Will Irish Farming be sacrificed at the altar of Climate Change?

LooseCannon

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Farming worldwide needs to change, not just in Ireland.
Besides Carbon, the natural cycles of Nitrogen, Phosphorous are completely out of kilter due to human intervention.
Nitrogen makes up 80% of the atmosphere and is an inert gas. There was a natural cycle whereby Nitrogen was ‘fixed’ by plants, notably pulses & legumes. The invention of artificial fertilizer changed that. Synthetic fertilizer draws Nitrogen from the air so it can be spread on fields and feed the crops. A huge amount of Nitrogen is being extracted this way and converted to ammonia. More than 120m tons per annum. The process requires a LOT of energy. Only a relatively small amount of the nitrogen that has been fixed this way is absorbed by the crops and enters the food chain. The remainder runs off into watercourses and the sea causing algal blooms and fish kills. As a result Nitrogen is being converted from being an inert gas to an active element and is impacting the natural cycles.
So when the cattle are out eating the lush grass, they are really indirectly consuming energy that was invested.
Since there is no meaningful Carbon Tax, there is no economic signal to highlight the true cost of the energy being used in agriculture.
The terrible thing is that we appear to be trapped in this polluting cycle as current farm practice is dependent on these artificial inputs to maintain yields. The only way out is to change consumption patterns.
At present the EU provides subsidies for industrial food production of meat, dairy and cereal crops. To my knowledge there are no direct subsidies for vegetable & fruit growers.


Global Nitrogen: Cycling out of Control
The nitrogen cycle
Earth's nine life-support systems: Nitrogen and phosphorus cycles
Planetary boundaries - Wikipedia
Ecology and Society: Planetary Boundaries: Exploring the Safe Operating Space for Humanity
Energy and the food system
 


kerdasi amaq

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Increasing CO2 is good for farming:

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owedtojoy

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fifilawe

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the most damaging species to the Earth are human beings.Is anybody going to say it out loud and clear?Animals are artificially fertilised to produce offspring in order to supply milk in a totally unnatural way.The situation in NZ is an abomination on its farming methods.You can do a search on your search engine and it is horrible.Pigs suffer even more , just to make a profit for the "Middle Men and Meat renders.we are heading for a dystopian future within a century of the world of Logan's Run.The developed world's indigeneous people will be replaced by immigrants who just keep having too many offspring for the earth to support.It is about time the UN and WHO started supporting countries who take methods of controlling population .Any country who breaches the population growth figures gets its supports cut.Every country which has social ,population problems can forget it as far as UN,WHO go.China took the drastic action because it had the will and capability to punish anyone who broke the law.The African and Latin American countries should do the same now.In 50 years time it will be too late.THe human population is destroying the earth not Cows Farting, sheep, pigs all whom are artificially forced to reproduce in numbers in an unnatural
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irish_bob

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Farming in Ireland needs to change, the evil day has been delayed for too long, even regarding the huge risks which brexit will create, the beef sector is far too reliant on the UK market
 

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My answer to that would be why do we keep hearing about the threat to Irish farming posed by Brexit when FG plan to destroy Irish farming through emissions mitigation strategies anyway?
Report by CNN says Yanks and Euro's are eating too much meat and need to cut back to leave some for the rest of the world...or something.
 

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