"Doctors tell me that at least 60pc of their patients' health problems are caused by poor diet.
Eating well could save on medical bills and visits to the already overstretched GPs."Lady Eve Balfour, founder member of the Soil Association reminds us that the health of the soil, the health of the plant, the health of the animal and the health of the human are all connected.
Although I eat mostly plants, copious amounts of vegetables, fresh herbs and wild foods, I’m certainly not a vegetarian.
I love good meat but increasingly find myself eating less meat but better-quality, totally free-range and organic.
Because of the quantity of methane and slurry produced by animals, livestock rearing is seen as a major contribution to greenhouse gases.
However, our dairy and beef animals are primarily, though not completely, grass-fed so consequently they produce much less gas than grain-fed animals reared in intensive feed-lot systems. We are not comparing like with like, it’s simply not the same thing.
We should try to eat real food - fresh, naturally produced, wholesome food in season," says Darina Allen.
Eat around the kitchen table and make meal-times family time - that's what memories are made of.12.
I am happy to pay more to those who are rearing animals and poultry in a more extensive way.
We urgently need a system where food producers can be identified and rewarded for producing a superior product.
Former president Mary Robinson really put the ‘cat among the pigeons’ recently when she called on people from developed nations to consider eating “less meat or no meat at all”, due to the toll its production takes on the environment.
Her address to 1,300 current and future young world leaders from 196 nations at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada, caused quite a stir around the world but particularly in Ireland.
Each and every one of us needs to think about our carbon footprint – we can each make a vital difference.