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Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., Launches ITB’s new Horticulture Facilities

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., Launches ITB’s new Horticulture Facilities

The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D., officially launch the Institute o...


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30 Dublin Bikes To Measure City’s Air Quality As Part of CitySense Project

As part of the CitySense project, 30 courier bikes in Dublin city centre will be fitted with internet of things (IoT) technology to measure the city's air quality, air temperature and pollution. With these bikes traversing the city, Dublin will have access to a wide sensor network that is being called an 'urban nervous system'. Cyclone Couriers is providing 20 bikes as part of the project, while the Dublin Cycling Campaign will be providing an additional 10 for commuters.

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    AIPH and Union Fleurs Launch International Statistics - Flowers and Plants 2014

    International Statistics – Flowers and Plants 2014 is now available. The latest volume contains the current available data on the global production and trade of ornamental flowers and plants.

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      Teagasc and Glanbia Launch Sustainable Farm Initiative

      Teagasc and Glanbia Ingredients Ireland announced details on the new Kildalton Open Source Sustainable Farm initiative at the National Dairy Conference. The initiative will measure success across four key pillars with economic sustainability underpinning all: Resource use efficiency -Water, Energy and Nutrients; Land Management to maintain and develop biodiversity; Animal Welfare and Health & Safety.

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        NOTS Information Evenings - Organic Options

        NOTS (National Organic Training Skillnet) are organising a series of information evenings on organics and the new CAP. If you are an existing organic farmer or thinking of converting to organic farming, then these information sessions will provide you with clear and concise information on your options: The agenda on the night will cover the following topics:

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          The Rungis Market Looks to the Future with Organic

          The Rungis wholesale market has solid credentials to merit the claim of being the world largest food market, with 18 million consumers within its reach. It has access to transport by road, rail and air with over 1.4 million tons of food delivered to the physical market in 2013, and over 1,000 companies working in the market, employing 11,770 people.

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            Lessons in Green Public Procurement - Organic Trust

            "The kitchens in our public institutions need to move from a culture of feeding, to a culture of eating". This was according to Anya Hultberg, a Danish expert on Green Public Procurement who was speaking at the AGM of Organic Trust on October 19th. "In Copenhagen, we wanted to put sustainability to the forefront in our public kitchens and using organic food was a key part of this, but it also required some fundamental changes to how these kitchens operated. 

            Read more: Lessons in Green Public Procurement - Organic Trust

              Horticulture in the Dail - Fruit & Vegetable Prices

              Éamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail)
              39. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he has taken to avoid a situation similar to last year where supermarkets significantly discounted vegetable prices below their production costs in the run up to Christmas and did significant damage to the horticulture industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

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                Growth in The Irish Grocery Market

                According to the latest Kantar World Panel figures, the Irish grocery market continues to grow, up around 0.7% for the 12 week period ending October 12th. Sales have increased in volume and value terms, by 1.9% and 0.9% respectively.

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                  Greater Opportunities for SMEs in €12 Billion Public Procurement Market

                  SMEs need to be encouraged to avail of the €12 billion public procurement market that was the message from InterTradeIreland at the annual 'Meet the Buyer' event at CityWest in Dublin recently (12th November 2014). The event, attended by a record 1,000 small and medium enterprises and 150 buyers from across the public sector, north and south, focussed on the opportunities for SMEs with major public sector buyers across the island. 

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                    The Sodshow Meets Mary Minnock of Soil Renew Ireland

                    The SodShow, Ireland's Best Podcast 2013 and only garden radio show. Live every Friday @ 3pm – or alligator in podcast.

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                      Producer Organisation Conference in Dublin ICOP 2014

                      9th International Conference of Producer Organisations for fruit & vegetables (ICOP 2014). For the 9th time representatives of the European fruit and vegetable sector meet from November 24th to 26th 2014 to talk about relevant political and economic developments. This time the organiser – the Austrian consultancy gfa-consulting gmbh – chose the "green island" Ireland as a venue for the International Conference of Producer Organisations for fruit and vegetables (ICOP 2014).

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                        ILI December Lecture - Design for Restorative Environments : Healthcare Settings

                        ILI December lecture : Restorative Environments
                        Hopeful Places for Health and Wellbeing
                        Dr. Jenny Roe
                        Thursday December 4th 2014 at 6.30 PM
                        City Assembly House, South William Street, Dublin 2

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                          Launch of www.lovearealtree.ie

                          Following a survey conducted by The Irish Christmas tree Growers in December 2013 a startling statistic emerged. Nearly 60% of people who buy (and have always) a REAL tree think that plastic trees are more environmentally friendly!!! As a result the IRISH CHRISTMAS TREE GROWERS are getting their LOVE A REAL TREE project up and running.

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                            G.C.S.A.I. National Education Day

                            G.C.S.A.I. Present on Tueaday the 25th of Nov., National Education Day Croke Park

                            The days agenda and Speakers:
                            Registration 8.30 – 9.30

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                              ‘Big Data’ Takes Root in the World of Plant Research

                               

                              Botanists at Trinity College Dublin have launched a database with information that documents significant 'life events' for nearly 600 plant species across the globe. They clubbed together with like-minded individuals working across five different continents to compile the huge database of plant life histories, for which data have been gathered over a near 50-year span.

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                                O'Neill Welcomes New Facilities in Castlewellan Forest Park

                                Funding of £219,000 from the Rural Development Programme (RDP) will allow families, groups and individuals to avail of outdoor recreation opportunities in Castlewellan, Rural Development Minister Michelle O'Neill has said.

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