The Independent Farmers of Ireland has been formed to represent farmers who are protesting outside meat processing plants across the country.
It held a meeting last night and elected three people who will “speak and negotiate on behalf of all peacefully protesting independent farmers of Ireland at any talks or discussions relating to the current beef crisis that out industry is undergoing”.
“Minister Creed has repeatedly stated throughout the entire process that he cannot enter talks with groups of protesters as there is no leader to talk to.”
“Although there is no spokesperson, the Independent Farmers of Ireland now have 3 spokespeople who are available and willing to enter talks with Minister Creed should he wish.
The group is calling on Minister Creed to call for talks to begin in order to allow the group to “safeguard rural Ireland”.
“We ask that he supports sustainable Irish family farms NOT factory farms.”
“As discussed within this meeting, the consensus seems to be throughout the country that the Independent Farmers of Ireland will continue their peaceful protest for as long as needed.”
“Or until such a time that our 3 elected representatives are allowed to negotiate on our behalf in order to ensure the survival of a beef production system which has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the world.”
Replace the sustainable family farm with the factory feedlot
The group outlined that the system in Ireland is environmentally friendly, carbon-efficient and supports a social and economic infrastructure in the rural communities “which seem to have been abandoned by the people they elected to represent them.
“Ireland is promoted worldwide as the land with 40 shades of green, stone walls and family farms; however, we seem to have a Government who wish to replace the sustainable family farm with the factory feedlot and Brazilian beef.”
“China is crying out for sustainable beef, yet out eco-friendly Taoiseach has not commented on this whole beef controversy once.” the statement concluded.
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