18th December

Bord Bia food initiative in Spain

President Mary McAleese has launched a Bord Bia initiative in Spain designed to boost the image and reputation of Irish food in the Spanish market. The project involves reaching out to student chefs at top catering schools across Spain to build stronger relationships with the future generation of chefs and to establish an awareness of, and loyalty to, Irish produce.

President of Ireland Mary McAleese; Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney; Michelin star chef, Mario Sandoval and Aidan Cotter, Bord Bia

 

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney; Michelin star chef, Mario Sandoval and Aidan Cotter, Bord Bia

The President also attended the first of a series of ‘Irish Food Master Classes’ conducted by the internationally renowned Michelin star chef Mario Sandoval. These classes will provide trainee chefs with an insight and understanding of Ireland’s unique food and drink product offerings and highlight Ireland’s commitment to quality and sustainability.

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Ireland’s potential as world seafood leader threatened by delays over Habitats Directive

IFA Aquaculture has welcomed the launch of the government’s Operational Programme investment scheme to develop the fish and shellfish farming industry. Notwithstanding, it says the prolonged failure by government to meet EU rules regarding Habitats Directive areas “has resulted in blocking 80% of aquaculture companies” who operate in designated habitats areas from access to the capital investment scheme.

“Seafood companies in other EU countries who compete with us enjoy full access to the scheme, IFA Aquaculture executive secretary, Richie Flynn told Inshore Ireland.

He added that a “massive amount of work” needs to be done to re-establish Ireland as a “major” seafood producer in Europe.

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Feeding brains – let’s get the fats right

Dr Alex Richardson

In Ireland - as in most modern developed countries - bad diets are damaging not just our physical health, but our brains and behaviour. The evidence is now undeniable: food can fundamentally affect our mental health and performance as well as increase our risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  But the right health messages are still not getting through.

Most people think they should be eating less fat. Witness our obsession with ‘low fat’ foods (often packed with sugar, salt and additives). They’ve made the food and diet industries richer, but have done little for our waistlines or wellbeing.  Similarly, many people still think margarine is healthier than butter. Don’t the saturated fats from butter, cream, cheese and meat clog up our arteries? 

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