Agriculture and food


The Agriculture and Food engineering division is a group for Engineers Ireland members with an interest in this sector. Professionals working in manufacturing companies, equipment suppliers, consultancies, support servicing companies, government and semi-state organisations, as well as academic researchers and lecturers, are all members of this dynamic division.

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Agriculture and Food in the Engineers Journal

Farmers urgently need to diversify, but they cannot do it alone

Boosting biodiversity on farms is crucial to make them more resilient to climate change and protect future food security, but it will not happen without change across the food supply chain from seed producer to consumer, say agronomists.

Why shorter isn’t necessarily better when it comes to food supply chains

Fears over supermarket shortages during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic led many people to buy their food from local producers, raising the prospect of a transformation in the way people get their food in the future. But while eating locally and shorter supply chains are often viewed as a more sustainable alternative to our global food system, the reality is much more complicated, explains Dr Tessa Avermaete, a bioeconomist at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. 

The food and water systems astronauts will need to travel to places like Mars

If humans are to travel to distant destinations in space like the moon or Mars, they’ll need ways to live for long periods of time. And one of the key challenges of that includes how to have safe food and water to eat and drink when far from Earth.

Pandemic highlights urgent need to change Europe’s food system

Europe urgently needs to make its food system more sustainable – or else face growing food insecurity and health impacts – and the coronavirus pandemic offers us an opportunity to push for change, according to Professor Peter Jackson.

The robots weeding organic farms and patrolling for greenhouse pests

Robots that use artificial intelligence to recognise the health of fruit and vegetable crops and when they’re ready to harvest are being trialled to help small, organic and greenhouse farmers with weeding and patrolling for pests.

Virus and coronavirus in organic wastes

Livestock waste, food waste and sewage sludge are common organic wastes in Ireland. All of them are rich in organic carbon and nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium - but they are also reservoirs of various pathogenic microorganisms, write Yan Jiang and Xinmin Zhan of NUI Galway.


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