Environmental policy will be to the forefront of future decisions and how we live and how we farm will have to change, Ireland South MEP Billy Kelleher has said. Kelleher was speaking at Macra na Feirme’s national agriculture conference, themed Disruption in Agriculture –Thinking Smart, which was held in Corrin Mart, Fermoy, on Friday.

While food production was prioritised in the early days of the European project and led to the development of the CAP that has now changed and there are those who now view the policy as a threat. Environmental policy will be to the forefront of future decisions, Kelleher said.