Sustainability criteria have been incorporated into recently developed standards and any future review of existing standards will result in the inclusion of sustainability criteria.
Origin Green is the Bord Bia sustainability programme. It is the only one in the world which operates at a national level and which includes farmers and primary producers, processors and retailers working together and leading the way to create a better future for all involved.
Farmers who are certified members of the Bord Bia Quality Assurance programme & who participate in farm sustainability assessments as part of their audit, are the essential first link in Origin Green. In essence the Bord Bia Quality Assurance schemes are Origin Green operating at farm level.
Origin Green’s system of measuring and feedback helps to identify steps to increased efficiency. An increasing number of Irish farmers are recognising that improved sustainability practices are good for business too. Sustainable farming and efficient farming go hand in hand and can also preserve your farm business and the environment for future generations.
Bord Bia recently launched the Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme which responds to market demand for Ireland to continue to prove its sustainability credentials; the Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme was introduced in 2013 and is operating successfully.
The sustainability information for dairy, beef and lamb is currently being captured with plans to extend this programme across pigmeat, poultry, eggs, horticulture and grain.
We have produced a new series of five short video clips to help to explain how Irish farmers can be part of Origin Green and the benefits of farming sustainably – both to the environment and their farm.