IFA President Tim Cullinan has said that the Land Use Review report, commissioned by the EPA, is “fundamentally flawed” due to the use of international averages for emissions rather than those from Ireland.
He has called on the Government to immediately reject the document, which he says excludes any mention of farm income, family farm an rural communities and only references ‘farms’ on three occasions in 36 pages.
“It is not an exaggeration to say that this report realises farmers’ worst fears and outlines scenarios without consideration for farmers, families and communities,” he said.
“Real sustainability is based on three pillars, economic, environmental and social. If implemented, it would effectively wipe out communities outside of large urban centres”.