The farmer and the ecologist should be friends

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There’s a very common notion, and a distinctly toxic one, that the relationship between farming and nature conservation in Ireland is necessarily and mutually destructive.
Farmers destroy the environment, right? And conservationists would stop farmers earning a living in order to save it? Right?
Wrong on both counts. It’s vitally important, for our small rural communities and our rich environmental heritage, to see through such stereotypes and develop a vision for profitable and co-operative stewardship of our land.
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