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Story ideas for Thursday 22nd October 2015

October 19, 2015 Posted in : Dairy Farming, Food, Food for Health Ireland, Food Science

Story Idea: Dairy-free diets – A dangerous fad?
Expert: Emma Feeney (Expert in Nutrition) Researcher within Food for Health Ireland.                            
The Hook: 
Is the ‘dairy-free diet’ one of the more dangerous fads of our times? Many of the nutrients found in dairy foods cannot be easily replaced by other food sources. Avoidance of dairy could set us up for some serious long-term effects that won’t be seen until later in life. Tuesday 20th is World Osteoporosis Day, and this the ideal time to discuss the importance of dairy in our diets.


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Experts in the Media: 17th-21st August

August 25, 2015 Posted in : Asthma, Asthma Society of Ireland, Cork, Dairy Farming, Experts, Experts in the Media, Food, Food for Health Ireland, Food Science, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Health, Healthy Living, Homelessness, Housing, Ireland, Our experts in the media, Report, Simon Community, Stories, UCC, UCD

Our experts made the news across a wide variety of genres last week, offering their knowledge and insights across the nation’s media outlets. The Irish Examiner, Newstalk and Kfm are just a few of the media outlets that have featured our experts in recent days.

Galzac’s experts provided commentary on a wide range of topics including the impact cheese is really having on our health, the housing crisis in Dublin and the spike in asthma attacks in children. (more…)

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Calling All Cheese Lovers – Food for Health Ireland researchers to undertake the largest study of the impact of cheese on Irish heart health

August 17, 2015 Posted in : Dairy Farming, Food, Food for Health Ireland, Health, Healthy Living, Heart, Science, Teagasc, UCD

Are we getting the wrong advice about saturated fat from foods like cheese? For years, cheese has been demonized as a food high in saturated fat which could raise cholesterol levels and heart disease risks. Irish researchers in University College Dublin and Teagasc Moorepark now think that this advice needs a rethink.

A number of scientific studies published in the last few years have called into question the current negative message about cheese as an unhealthy food. This emerging science from around the world is poking holes in the argument that cheese is detrimental to health. FHI scientists will shortly begin the largest study of its kind in Ireland to understand more about cheese and its impact on our health.


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Story Idea for Thursday 9th July

July 6, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Alltech, Business, Dairy Farming, Economic Experts, Economics, Farming, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Our experts in the media

Story Idea: Increasing sustainability and profitability – Food Wise 2025 and the Irish agriculture industry

Expert: Kevin Tuck (Expert in Agriculture and Sustainability) Managing Director, Alltech.

The Hook: The Food Wise 2025 plan targets an 85 per cent jump in the value of exports by 2025.The growth is based on projected expansions in dairy, beef and seafood.Kevin Tuck, managing director, Alltech Ireland, identifies how the industry can produce more, while remaining sustainable, to increase profitability.


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Story Idea for Tuesday 7th July

July 6, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Air Pollution, Dairy Farming, EPA, Experts, Farming, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Global Warming, Ireland, Stories, Teagasc, UCC

Story Idea: More bull than cow in the Irish Greenhouse?

Expert: John Sodeau (Expert in Air Pollution and Climate Change) Professor of Physical Chemistry / Director of Centre of Atmospheric Chemistry, UCC.

The Hook: The current Teagasc road map on Dairying says that by 2020 cow numbers will go up by about one-third from 2009. At the same time the Green House Gas emissions per unit of milk production are predicted to fall.


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New agricultural science syllabus – but what do the experts think?

June 25, 2015 Posted in : Dairy Farming, Education, Experts, Farming, Food Science, Galzacs, Ireland, Teagasc

According to the Farmer’s Journal, a new agricultural science syllabus will be implemented by September 2017.

The current syllabus has been taught for 40 years and is believed to be very outdated.

The NCCA agricultural science development group have agreed on the broad areas of the course, including soil, grass and crops, and animals, which are the three main categories. (more…)

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Story Ideas for Thursday 23rd April 2015

April 20, 2015 Posted in : Dairy Farming, Education, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, SUSI, Teagasc

Story Idea: Teagasc plan national milk quality farm walk 

Expert: Tom O’Dwyer (Expert in Dairy Farming) Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc.
The Hook: Teagasc, in association with NDC and Thurles Centenary Co-op, are hosting a National Milk Quality Farm Walk on the farm of Eddie, Ann and Thomas Dwan, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Thursday next, 23rd April. Contact Tom for further details. (more…)

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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 20th-24th April 2015

April 20, 2015 Posted in : Business, Dairy Farming, Economic Experts, Education, Experts, Failte Ireland, Galzacs, Galzacs15, Health, Irish Pharmacy Union, Teagasc, Tourism, Tourism Ireland

Monday 20th April 2015

Story Idea: New strategy unveiled to boost tourism from Australia
Expert: Sinead Grace 
(Expert in Tourism and Promoting Ireland) Media and Public Relations Manager, Tourism Ireland.     
The Hook: Tourism Ireland will unveil a new, three-year strategy – setting out challenging and ambitious targets to grow the number of Australian visitors to the island of Ireland between now and the end of 2017. For more information, please contact Sinead Grace of Tourism Ireland.

Story Idea: Is it right to provide support for first-time buyers?
Expert: Dr Lorcan Sirr 
(Expert in Housing and Economics) Lecturer, Dublin Institute of Technology.      
The Hook: Minister Kelly proposes supporting first-time buyers to circumvent Central Bank lending rules. Is this right? No. Again promoting home ownership when there are very few properties to buy will force prices up even further. It also contradicts the government own housing policy, which is about equity across tenures. This is purely a vote-getting measure which makes no economic sense. (more…)

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Story Ideas for Friday 27th March 2015

March 24, 2015 Posted in : Dairy Farming, EU affairs, Experts, Galzacs, Politics, Teagasc, UCC

Story Idea: The End of the Beginning – EU Milk Quota regime to end on 31st March
Expert: Tom O’Dwyer (Expert in Dairy Farming) Head of Dairy Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc.
The Hook: The removal of EU Milk Quotas is perhaps the most significant event in the past 30 years for the Irish dairy industry. Dairy farmers once again will have the freedom to make decisions regarding the quantity of milk they decide to produce. Teagasc is holding an event on the afternoon of April 1st to mark this significant occasion. For more details on this event, please contact Tom O’Dwyer.


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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 23rd – 27th March 2015

March 24, 2015 Posted in : Dairy Farming, Economic Experts, Experts, Galzacs, GoldCore, Health, Irish Heart Foundation, MSF, Politics, Stories, Teagasc, UCC

Monday 23rd March 2015

Story Idea: Ebola one year on: Pushed to the limit and beyond
Expert: Jane-Ann McKenna (Expert in Humanitarian Aid and World Issues) Director, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

The Hook“The Ebola outbreak has often been described as a perfect storm: a cross-border epidemic in countries with weak public health systems,” says Jane-Ann McKenna, Director of MSF Ireland. “Yet this is too convenient an explanation. For the Ebola outbreak to spiral this far out of control required many institutions to fail. And they did, with tragic and avoidable consequences.”

Story Idea: Project launches to develop Government strategy to dramatically cut energy from buildings
Expert: Pat Barry (Expert in Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building) Executive Director, Irish Green Building Council.
The Hook: A major European Union funded project launched on Friday 20th March, to help develop the Irish Government’s strategy to cut energy from our entire building stock by up to 90% over the next 30 years. The Irish Green Building Council is one of the leaders on this project aimed at slashing the 40% of carbon emissions attributed to buildings. To date the focus has been on shallow measures such as attic insulation but this project is intended to enable a level of investment that transforms the quality of our homes and buildings within a generation.


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