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There are fears that the Nature Restoration Law may displace Irish beef from markets

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Published Feb 26, 2024

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The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers’ Association (INHFA) has expressed concerns over the potential impact of the European Parliament's Nature Restoration Law (NRL) on Irish beef and other products from 'degraded ecosystems'. The INHFA fears that the law, which aims to restore a significant percentage of drained peatlands by 2050, could harm the reputation of Irish beef by classifying it as a product of a degraded ecosystem, similar to beef from deforested land in South America. This could lead to displacement of Irish products from international markets. The association has called for a legal backstop and suggests that changes in grazing could achieve the same environmental goals without forcing land abandonment or pushing people out of farming.
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Concerns have been raised that the Nature Restoration Law (NRL), which will face a crunch vote in the European Parliament this week, could see Irish beef and other products from so-called ‘degraded ecosystems’ displaced from international markets. This is because of ‘mirror measures’, which are mechanisms in the wider European Green Deal which aim to ensure products produced in the EU, and produced outside the EU but imported in, are produced to the same standard. But, the Irish Natura and Hill Farmers’ Association (INHFA) is concerned that beef produced on drained agricultural peatland in Ireland – which, under the NRL, would be defined as a degraded ecosystem – could be treated the same as beef produced on, e.g., deforested land in South America. The farm organisation – a majority of whose members predominately work on land that will be most affected by the law – has expressed fears that this could cause reputational damage to Irish beef, which beef exporters in other countries ...
Source: AgriLand
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