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    Agriculture at a crossroads: Perceptions of Irish Agricultural Sustainability

    Walsh, Sarah J. (2017) Agriculture at a crossroads: Perceptions of Irish Agricultural Sustainability. Research and Perspectives on Development Practice, 21. ISSN 2009-6976

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    Ireland’s current agricultural development paradigm is increasingly leaning towards high - input, intensive farming particularly incentivising the beef and dairy sectors while simultaneously laying claim to the sector’s sustainability. In response to pressin g issues such as climate change and food security, ‘sustainable intensification’ has become an accepted way forward within the dominant agricultural narrative. Alternative models question the long - term impacts of agricultural intensification on sustainabi lity while conventional, input - intensive farming appears to accept the narrative to scale up and intensify. This research paper proposes to explore how farmers and experts from various agricultural models perceive the current status quo in Irish agricult ure. Alternative approaches such as: agroecology, permaculture as well as organic farming question the issues around sustainable farming in Ireland and provide possible ways forward. In giving voice to different opinions and various interpretations of sus tainability this paper examines the debates in Irish agriculture through a different lens and offers an alternative perspective on how Irish agriculture could become truly sustainable.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Research and Perspectives on Development Practice Series Paper 21
    Keywords: sustainability; intensive farming; sustainable agriculture; Kimmage Development Studies Centre;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > International Development
    Item ID: 9938
    Depositing User: IR Editor
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 10:51
    Journal or Publication Title: Research and Perspectives on Development Practice
    Publisher: Kimmage Development Studies Centre
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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