The motivation behind Origin Green is to assist the Irish food industry in producing food in the most sustainable way possible so that Ireland can become an exemplar in sustainably produced food and drink.
What is sustainable food production?
‘Sustainable food production’ means the production of safe, nutritious food within a viable food industry that simultaneously protects and enhances the natural environment and the local community.
In essence, it means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the future.
Why is sustainable food production important?
It’s important for the simple reason that our future depends on it.
As populations grow*, the need for food also grows. So too does the pressure on limited natural resources such as soil and water. Therefore, it’s vitally important that food is produced in a way that protects these natural resources rather than depleting them, while also being respectful to the community, now and into the future.
* The world’s population is estimated to increase by over a third by 2050, from the 2012 figure of 7 billion to over 9 billion people. [United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs]
Why is Ireland so well suited to sustainable food production?
Ireland has many natural advantages when it comes to food production.
Our climate makes a long, grass-growing season possible. It gives us plenty of rainwater. And our weather conditions are ideal for rearing livestock and growing many crops. Our grass-based system is more efficient and environmentally sustainable than intensive indoor animal feeding systems.