Farmers don’t have beef, but cows are the biggest polluters

The argument that reducing beef and dairy production in Ireland would likely increase global emissions on the basis that people would buy those products from another country with an even more polluting system is flimsy.

after research published in the journal Science In 2018, avoiding meat and dairy is the best way we as individuals can reduce our environmental impact on the planet.

online publication Our world in data has reported that beef tops the food product table for greenhouse gas emissions at 49.89kg per 100g of protein produced.

The fact that Ireland may produce slightly less polluting products is a flawed argument. What would you say to a cigarette manufacturer who argues that people should smoke their cigarettes because they are slightly less harmful than other manufacturers’ cigarettes?

The argument that we need to produce dairy and beef to ensure food security is another duck. We need food and we need food security, but nobody needs to consume beef and dairy. Farmers will suffer like the rest of humanity unless we take meaningful action to combat the prospect of impending catastrophic climate change.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that farmers are facing heavy rains, floods and droughts due to climate change.

Farmers should not be unfairly targeted, but agriculture is by far our largest sectoral emitter of greenhouse gases.

We need our farmers and we need food, but we cannot continue as before.

Rob Sadlier, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

what’s in a name There are a few truss issues to consider

“Truss” is a noun denoting a post or strut that can be used to support a facility that is about to collapse. It is also an old-fashioned surgical device designed to restrain a tear in the body (including presumably the body).

“Truss” is also a verb meaning to tie together the wings of a dead bird (including presumably the right and left wings of a dead duck parliament).

Of course, when most of us first heard the word “truss” we thought it was “trust” – and then we realized it had nothing to do with that word at all.

Chris Fitzpatrick, Terenure, Dublin 6

Ryan has a one-track mind as common sense has derailed

Once again we have a mismatch between what the public wants and needs and what the authorities should be providing.

Iarnród Éireann, with support from Transport Minister Eamon Ryan of the Greens, intends to extend the Dart system to the Maynooth and M3 Parkway lines.

Both lines currently offer excellent and frequent service. Why impose costs and displacement on people for four years when these lines are ‘upgraded’ when it requires the extension of the M3 Parkway Dunboyne to Navan, a major supply town which is currently poorly served.

When the M3 Parkway was built, common sense suggested that the old British line should continue into Navan. However, the powers that are elected do not.

John Cuffe, Dunboyne, Co. Meath

Cody, a giant of Irish sport who is a role model for all

Whilst his distinguished career affects the people of Kilkenny in a very distinct sense and pertains more generally to your sporting pages, I believe the importance of hurling legend Brian Cody in Irish life also deserves mention in this section of your work.

The people of Kilkenny around the world will have sorrowfully discovered upon rising on Sunday morning that the sense of loss that has tinged their awakening is likely due to Brian Cody having finished his service in their county.

Cody will be remembered in the annals of Irish sport for many notable reasons.

However, his personal qualities – not the least of which is his unselfishness, determination, lack of selfishness and devotion and passion for his homeland and tradition – set an irrefutable example in Irish society in general, but for our young people in particular.

Thank you Brian not only for the memories but also for the joy you have brought to so many of us.

Michael Gannon, Thomas Square, Kilkenny

David Trimble, a statesman who leaves a legacy of peace

What greater legacy can there be than leaving your area more peaceful and prosperous than when you were born there?

RIP David Trimble, Northern Ireland statesman.

Breda Gahan, Cabra, Dublin 7 Farmers don’t have beef, but cows are the biggest polluters

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