As the United Nations marked the world population reaching seven billion, IFA President John Bryan has warned political leaders in Europe and at home about the fragile nature of food security.
He said the milestone for the number of people living on the plant should serve as a reminder that sustainable food production should be supported.
“Policy decisions in the years ahead must be targeted at those regions that can expand to meet rising global food demand.
“In Ireland, we have a low-carbon model of food production that also provides significant social and environmental benefits to the wider society. Currently, we feed 35 million people. With the right conditions, we can play an increasing role in feeding the world’s population. Growth targets have been set down, but these will only be achieved if we maintain the framework that encourages production at farm level. The drift of the current CAP proposals is at odds with this, and could be very damaging to the agri-food sector.”
The IFA President said it would be ‘a grave mistake’ to implement a range of regulations that would undermine the productive capacity of Irish farming.
“Reaching the seven billion mark in world population provides an exciting challenge for an agricultural producer such as Ireland. Any intervention by policymakers has to be constructive and must not stifle our expansion,” the IFA President concluded.