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CAFRE to join in the ‘Great Agri-Food Debate’

March 24, 2021

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) is set to join agri-food students from across Ireland and the UK for the 6th Annual ‘Great Agri-Food Debate’. Six colleges and universities will debate virtually across three days from Tuesday 30th March to Thursday 1st April in what promises to be an exciting and intense event.

The Debate is a joint initiative between Dawn Meats and McDonald’s. CAFRE is delighted to be part of the competition for a third year, giving students the opportunity to engage with the big issues of our times.

Sustainability and its role in the future of the agri-food industry will be central to the discussions. The CAFRE debate team, made up of second year BSc (Hons) Degree in Agricultural Technology students, is excited to meet competition newcomers, Aberystwyth University to debate whether ‘The livestock sector can meet the requirements for Net Zero’.

CAFRE BSc (Hons) in Agricultural Technology Degree students competing in the Great Agri-food Debate: Wilson Marshall, Aughnacloy; Joanne Moore, Larne and James Waugh, Portadown. Back row Sarah Davidson, Ballymena; Alice Herron, Armagh and James Roulston, Lifford, Co. Donegal.

Wishing the CAFRE team well, George Moffett, Head of Agriculture Education, said, “Our Debating Team have been working hard to prepare their arguments for the debate and I am confident they will put forward a strong evidence-supported case. I wish them every success in the competition.”

Other competitors include agri-food students from University of LimerickUniversity College Dublin; Dundalk Institute of Technology and Waterford Institute of Technology who will come together to debate climate change issues such as whether plastic is the enemy of our planet and if laboratory grown meats will replace traditional livestock farming systems. Topics Further emphasising, if it was needed, the importance of next generation agriculturalists and food technologists engaging in issues of common interest in the UK and Irish agri-food sector.

You can watch the debate, from 2pm today, Tuesday 30th March, on Dawn Meats YouTube page

The winners of the Great Agri-Food Debate were announced on Thursday afternoon – watch the results show: