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Teagasc Launch the Environment Edge Podcast

A new environment podcast has been launched by Teagasc and adds to its existing suite of enterprise and research podcasts. The Environment Edge will focus on challenges and opportunities in agriculture. Presented by Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn from Teagasc, this podcast will bring the latest information, science and opinion on farm sustainability.

The Environment Edge is being launched today on World Water Day and is part of the Teagasc Water Quality Week which runs from today, Monday 22 March until 26 March https://www.teagasc.ie/environment/water-quality/water-quality-week/

In today’s episode of the Environment Edge podcast, Jenny Deakin, Environment Protection Agency (EPA) catchment unit manager, joins Cathal Somers and Deirdre Glynn to discuss the past, present and future of water quality in Ireland and how climate change will challenge us all.

In the second half of today’s podcast, Teagasc’s Head of Environment Knowledge Transfer, Pat Murphy, explains why he believes farmers are up to the challenge of improving water quality through research, advisory, education, collaboration and improved efficiency on the farm.

Speaking about the challenges facing agriculture, Pat Murphy said: “It has become clear that the environmental footprint of agriculture must be reduced. This entails reducing gaseous emissions, improving water quality and enhancing biodiversity. In Ireland, agriculture has a profound impact on the environment. A huge amount of research has provided us with a good understanding of these impacts, as well as providing an insight into technologies and farming systems which can reduce gaseous emissions, lead to improved water quality, reduce biodiversity loss and improve soil health. While further research is needed, there is now an urgent requirement to improve the implementation of practices that improve environmental outcomes.”

For more episodes and information from the Environment Edge, visit the show’s page at: https://www.teagasc.ie/environmentedge/ . There are three ways to listen to the podcast: Subscribe on Apple Podcasts; Subscribe on Spotify; or you can listen by clicking on https://www.teagasc.ie/environmentedge/

Teagasc offer a full suite of Podcasts such as the Dairy Edge, Beef Edge, Ovicast, Pig Edge, Tillage Edge, Environment Edge and the Research Field which can be accessed on the website www.teagasc.ie/podcasts