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Wexford farmers have their say on agri-emission targets – ‘We need to survive out here!’

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Karl Winters.

Karl Winters.

From left: Joyce Simmons with Alan Simmons, Cllr Jim Codd, Karl Winters and Denis Power.

From left: Joyce Simmons with Alan Simmons, Cllr Jim Codd, Karl Winters and Denis Power.

Denis Power.

Denis Power.

Denis Power with Alan Simmons, Joyce Simmons and Karl Winters.

Denis Power with Alan Simmons, Joyce Simmons and Karl Winters.

Alan and Joyce Simmons.

Alan and Joyce Simmons.

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Karl Winters.

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IN the baking midday heat in a rural Wexford farmyard, three small to medium sized dairy farmers have gathered to discuss the proposed 25% decrease in agri-emissions by 2030. It was perhaps fitting that the topic of climate change was being discussed in the midst of a heatwave, but first and foremost, all three farmers made it clear that they recognise the very clear and present threat of climate change.

However, the prevailing thought among them is that farmers have been tossed under the bus once more. Vilified in the climate change debate by a general public unwilling to give up their package holidays or abandon the second car. They feel that small family farms are being disproportionately penalised, while the big boys and big countries like Brazil will continue to grow and grow.  And there’s certainly a point to be made. These men feel that they are custodians of the land they work and which has often been passed down from generation to generation.


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