Environmentally sustainable farm ownership
Fianna Fáil is supportive of environmentally sustainable farming. Ireland is a flag bearer of this model of farming and premier worldwide food production and environmental standards. The carbon footprint of Irish farms is one of the lowest in the world. We are committed to developing the forestry sector in Ireland which plays a critical role in reducing Irish carbon emissions.
Afforestation is a vital tool to reduce our carbon footprint with 300,000 hectares of new forests planted since 1990, which have absorbed 18% of Irish agriculture’s annual greenhouse gas emissions.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to further environmentally sustainable farming
Environmentally sustainable farming to meet climate change responsibilities
The next CAP must ensure the continuation and expansion of incentives in schemes for environmentally beneficial farming practices to further reduce our carbon footprint.
The high sequestration potential of the grass-based agriculture production model in Ireland as well as the high potential of our forests, boglands and other habitats that absorb carbon.
EU 2030 targets
EU 2030 targets must underpin the need for food security and the central role of exporting countries which have an efficient low carbon footprint food production sector.
New, ambitious planting targets
Ambitious planting targets for forestry must be achieved with a empasis put on native broadleaf planting.
A proportional planting policy.
A proportional planting policy on a national and regional basis is key.