The Bord Bia Global Sustainability Conference brought over 750 delegates, including 280 food buyers from over 25 countries to the Convention Centre in Dublin today. The event focused on sustainable global food production and featured speakers including Inder Poonaji, Nestle UK & Ireland; Dr. Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, World Wildlife Fund; and Mark Cackler, World Bank.
The event was opened by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny who said, "The Irish agri-food sector has been a national leader in growing exports. After reaching new highs last year, I am confident that we can see more jobs and investment in the sector as Ireland recovers.”
The attendees heard how the Bord Bia programme ‘Origin Green’, Ireland’s sustainability programme now encompasses 35,000 farms and more than 280 companies, accounting for some two-thirds of Ireland’s food and drink exports. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney T.D. acknowledged in his closing, the significant challenges ahead. “Our vision of sustainable growth is achievable. The Irish food and drink sector is already on that journey and the 'Origin Green' initiative shows what can be done.”
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