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Sustainable Farming = WIN : WIN

On Wednesday 26th March: The Greenhouse Gas
Implementation Partnership released its Phase 1
Report. Speaking at the launch of the report Richard
Moore, Linden Foods Director and Chair of the
GHGIP’s sub-group on red meat said:
“As a society we are faced with the dual challenge of producing
enough food to sustain a burgeoning global population whilst
minimising the carbon footprint of that food. As a meat
exporting area, we have the opportunity to demonstrate to
customers the sustainability of our beef and sheep farming.
Conditions on this island mean that grassland livestock systems
are generally the best means by which we can contribute to
feeding the world. Local farmers have risen to this challenge by
implementing the efficiency measures outlined in this report. In
doing so, they have improved their profitability and reduced the
amount of carbon used to produce food.”
Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “I commend the
Greenhouse Gas Implementation Partnership (GHGIP) on the
publication of this report which outlines the many and varied
efficiency measures being implemented on local farms to reduce
GHG emissions and achieve cost savings. My department will
continue to support the GHGIP as they lead the way towards
establishing the north of Ireland as one of the most efficient and
sustainable places in the world in which to produce food.
“The Partnership has demonstrated that local farmers are
taking active steps to reduce their carbon footprint and I
commend it on its efforts. The GHGIP is a perfect example of
how the agri-food sector can work in successful partnership
with government and environmentalists on important issues of
common interest.”