Submission on the Draft Environmental Analysis Report of Food Wise 2025

The Environmental Pillar welcomes the opportunity to input into this process. We were disappointed to see the FoodWise2025 strategy “launched” by such senior figures as Minister Coveney and the Taoiseach when the public consultation phase had yet to take place. We would note that FW2025 is an extension of the FoodHarvest2020 strategy.
We welcome that the government and DAFM are taking full ownership of FW2025 and accept that it is bound by both the SEA and the Habitats Directives. This did not happen for FH2020. The strategy needs to ensure that the exposure to risks that are external to our national control are minimised. Growth figures and ambitions based upon presumed rates of growth in the Chinese economy of 7% for example appear to be overly optimistic.
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