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Peter Hynes - A message to the Greens: dairy expansion and biodiversity can thrive alongside each other

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Peter and Paula Hynes pictured with the award on their farm Aherla, Co. Cork.  Picture: Clare Keogh

Peter and Paula Hynes pictured with the award on their farm Aherla, Co. Cork. Picture: Clare Keogh

Peter and Paula Hynes pictured with the award on their farm Aherla, Co. Cork. Picture: Clare Keogh

Biodiversity seems to be the buzz word in agriculture for 2020.

Those who have issues with mainstream agriculture - many of whom are Green Party members - are driving the agenda that Irish agriculture has a biodiversity crisis. Indeed some have stated to me that Irish dairy expansion has contributed to this crisis.

For a true perspective on this, we firstly need to understand what biodiversity actually is.