Speaking at the Tullamore Show in Co. Offaly over the weekend, the Minister for Agriculture, Food, and the Marine, asked people to give the industry a break with its “relentless negative commentary”.
As reported by Agriland, Michael Creed made a brief point on the topic during the opening ceremony.
'Give Us A Break'
I do understand that the rural and the farming community is under relentless bombardment by all sides about the sustainability of our industry and I would make an appeal – give us a break,” he said.
Creed explained that, as an industry, “we know that each and every one of us has changes to make”.
Creed argued that Irish farmers and farm families were “as good as many and better than most” when it came to sustainable action.
“But the relentless negative commentary is in danger of generating an adverse reaction,” he warned.
“We can do more and we will do more in that regard – but we do need recognition for what it is that we have achieved already.”
The Minister concluded by saying that fighting climate change is something that everyone is accountable for.
“We’re not looking for a free pass, we do acknowledge that we have more to do – but so does every individual of the state and citizen of the globe in the context of meeting the challenge of our times to pass on the earth to the next generation in the best state that we possibly can,” he said.
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