Demand for high-quality food is 'creating careers'
The growing demand for places on third level agriculture and food courses has generated headlines in the media every year for the past four years, as more and more students make food and farming their career of choice.
CAO points for agriculture and food courses rose by another 10pc in 2013, coming on the back of several years of steady growth.
UCD's Agricultural Science degree is most often used as a barometer for demand among students, and a quick glance at it shows remarkable pressure for places.
In 2013, more than 4,200 students applied for a place in UCD agriculture and food courses, a 65pc increase on 10 years before.
In 2006, the minimum points requirement for a place at UCD was 315, but this has jumped by a staggering 135 points to 450 in 2013.
Application numbers and CAO points requirements in all other colleges offering agriculture and food courses have mirrored the trend.
But is this continued growth in demand sustainable? Will there be enough jobs to go around for all of the graduates that are enrolling?
Or is agriculture and food just the latest sector of the economy to suffer from what Alan Greenspan of the US Federal Reserve would call 'irrational exuberance'?