Foodture: for a new food future
A food system that provides nutritious food, accessible to all, produced in a way that supports people, place and planet
Lead Applicant Organization Name
Lead Applicant Organization Type
Small NGO (under 50 employees)
If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.
An Ghrain Glas Farm
Website of Legally Registered Entity
How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?
Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?
County Mayo, Ireland
Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?
Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?
North-West-Midland region of Ireland, rural region, declining population, agriculture dominates the landscape, biodiversity hotspot, biomes
What country is your selected Place located in?
Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.
Sinéad and Kate were born and have grown up in the region. Both returned to farming a few years back and now manage farms. Nathalie, originally from Germany is passionate about food justice issues. She is part of a community supported agriculture group in Dublin and actively engaged with the local farming community. Sinead manages a mixed herd of cows on 27 acres of High Nature Value Farmland in the West of Ireland. Kate manages 9acres of biodiverse land growing vegetables and more the local community. The team behind our vison is passionate about conserving the species rich grass, mature trees and biodiversity that is found on the their farms. Their objective is produce fair food, farmed in harmony with nature for a fair price, for the local population. The team feel this can be the future of farming in the region. A form of farming that can conserve, preserve and nurture this unique region. Relocalising the food system that works for people, place and planet
Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.
The region is dominated by agriculture. A highlight for many tourists with breath-taking natural beauty, that finds itself under threat from industrial agriculture and industry. The region is experiencing a small but prominent cultural awakening that is reconnecting food to farm, farmer to chefs, links to the sea, the land and the biodiversity we share it with. However, on the ground, there are too many barriers that hinder any transition of better farming that nurtures people, place and planet at scale. How vision is liked with ways to remove these barriers.
Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.
Ireland 2020: Irish agriculture finds itself under increasing pressure to reduce its carbon emission and halt biodiversity loss under a changing climate while feeding a growing population. With 35% and rising of our emissions coming from agriculture, biodiversity loss at extinction levels, the homogenization of our agriland and the inability to feed ourselves without vegetables imports, the resilience of our agroecosystems is deficient. With the 133,000 farms in Ireland, only 2% is organic and 1% used to grow vegetables. Alongside this environmental degradation, we face social concerns over an aging farming population with less than 5% of our farmers under the age of 35years and health concerns with Ireland on track to be the most obese nation in the Europe by 2030.
Ireland 2050: Biodiversity loss is our loss. The extinction crisis we’re not facing is one that needs immediate attention, once a species is gone, its gone and so too is the role it filled in making our ecosystem function. Climate change affects the very way we live, where and how. In particular how we produce food. Our just in time, global, long food supply chain is efficient but not resilience. Unable to respond to changing baselines. Farmers are both directly implicated and impacted by these problems. Climate change affects our ability to farm food. Biodiversity loss sees the fertility in our soils reduced by 40%. Negatively impacting what we grow, but also the nutritional value of it. Across the farming sector we see the decline of our environment, communities and the decline of the family farm. The farmers working against negative trends to better our world are often marginalised and lack supports to remain and grow. Whatsmore, most who farm, whether against or with nature are struggling financially and eventually go out of business. All of this leaves Ireland vulnerable to the fluctuations of a nutritionally poor, global food market under a changing climate change.
Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.
High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.
Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?
How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?