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A Proposal For An Irish Appellation Controllee System For Irish Agriculture, Food and Drink

20 Feb

AC systems promote the highest standards of quality production, traceability, sustainable techniques, promote jobs, safeguard them from imitations, but it is also an encouragement for evolution in the outlined foodstuff itself.

An Irish AC system will establish this knowledge and show a national endorsement, indeed a pride, just as the French, Germans and Italians have for the produce of their Appellation d’ Origine Contrôlée protected and defined produce.

It would allow a generation of Irish people to reconnect with the variety, diversity and generosity of our own soils, our lands.

It could boost jobs and open up small scale development in the regions for these newly delineated and protected products. It would encourage and support those who then want to take their business to the world, giving them a level quality playing field not some vague sense of Irish produce.

Many consumers, in the EU and across Ireland can tell you about Parma Ham, the slopes of Burgundy and the AC cheeses of Northern Italy, but do not comprehend the complexity of Meath, Kilkenny or Wexford soils, slopes or produce. Yet is there to taste in unprotected products from Gubbeen Cheese to Air Dried Connemara Lamb.

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2 responses to “A Proposal For An Irish Appellation Controllee System For Irish Agriculture, Food and Drink

  1. justgrapesandfood

    June 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Hi Tomas
    I little info to help you fight the fight
    We have some products or producers who have sought protection for the E.U., for my research I could find four products protected by either Protected Geographical Indication or by Protected Designation of Origin, I have left a link below. There is another link below to a E.U. publication about the production of food under production. Ireland is far behind the rest of Europe.
    I don’t want to blame the farmers and producers but I think it would be in there interest to protect their products rather that waiting for the government or board bia to protect them.
    I had hoped the when Trevor Sargent, was made Minster for Food this would come under his remit and we would see a dramatic change in the food sector, with a move away from big business and more producer/farmer driven industry.

    http://www.cookipedia.co.uk/wiki/index.php/Category:Irish_recipes

    http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/quality/schemes/eu_pdo_pgi_en.pdf

     
  2. Tomas Clancy

    July 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Hi and thanks for that, I started work in earnest on that earlier this week, lookingh towards our politicans, obviously not T Sargent TD, which is unfortunate ! Anyway, many thanks is what I wanted to say

     

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