The Green Step


2.7 Ag-Tech Tools / Understanding GMOs

Season 2, Ep. 7

Welcome back!

This week we visited Diarmuid and Caroline on their 12-acre micro dairy with Mark from the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF). We sat in the back of their campervan together and worked on solving the problems of the world while laughing a lot too.

🚜 What is the work of the not-for-profit Irish Cattle Breeding Federation (ICBF)?

🐄 What role do cattle genetics play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions?

💚 We consider the ethics of genetic selection, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), patents and ownership. Are we playing God?

🌾We discuss the nitrogen cycle and use of mixed grass swards and clover to enhance land management practices.

🌊We learn about the affect Irish agriculture is having on our waterways

Diarmuid McSweeney trained as an ecologist and is the founder of the AgriTech company More Grass. Their device, Grasshopper, measure grass growth to increase farm productivity. With a business mind and a big heart he shares with us the realities of the Irish agri economy.

Caroline O'Sullivan works on an intensive dairy farm and now working with 2 Gurnsey cows to produce speciality A2 milk. Having grown up on the family farm in West Cork, she is familiar with the use of clover to promote nitrogen in the soil and has been busy speeding wildflower seeds where possible.

Mark Waters is working on the calf genetic indexing project with the ICBF. He is passionate about the fair and just treatment for farmers in this climate transition. Having grown up working on this aunt and uncles dairy and beef enterprise he studied AgScience in UCD. He teaches us about the use of genetic selection as a way to lower national greenhouse gas emissions. 👨‍🌾

This week our Green Step Community Weaver Emmet Griffin shares with us a poem he wrote called 'The Green Man' - an ode to the transformative times we are living in and the support we can gain from nature's abundance of we are just open to recieving it. ✨🌳✨

Le grá agus meas,

Mel & John

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2.8 An Talamh Gaeilge / Food Ferments

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