Organised by Daybreak Meats and McDonald’s, the Grand Ultimate of this yr’s prestigious Nice Agri-Meals Debate will probably be an all-Eire affair as South East Technological College (SETU) and College Faculty Cork (UCC) are set to face-off in London in two weeks’ time.
This yr’s two groups have been judged as the best scoring within the opening rounds of this yr’s main agri-food debating competitors. They’ll now debate the movement that:
“The answer to detrimental client perceptions of crimson meat is extra honest communication.”
UCC will suggest with SETU opposing.
Eight groups from throughout Eire and the UK – seven third stage establishments and one business grouping – entered the extremely fashionable competitors this yr together with groups from Wales and Northern Eire.
That is the eighth yr of the Nice Agri-Meals Debate, which is organised by Daybreak Meats and McDonald’s, with the themes on this event focussed on sustainability and its function in the way forward for the agri-food business. The occasion has turn out to be a calendar second for college students finding out agriculture associated topics.
ETU is technically now in search of to win the Grand Ultimate for the third yr in row. The college was established in Could of 2022, but it surely was fashioned by means of the amalgamation of IT Carlow and Waterford Institute of Expertise (WIT). WIT have been winners of the Nice Agri-Meals Debate in 2021 and 2022. In addition they gained in 2019.
All 4 of the early rounds of this yr’s debate have been held just about and streamed dwell over 4 nights. This on-line format was first adopted throughout the Covid pandemic in 2021, however proved so efficient that it has been utilized in subsequent years. This yr is the primary time the occasion will contain a hybrid of each on-line and in-person debates with the ultimate being held at Butchers’ Corridor in London on Tuesday, March twenty eighth.
The digital judging panel for 2023 was made up of Dan MacSweeney, chairman of Bord Bia, Harriet Wilson, Agriculture & Sustainable Sourcing at McDonald’s UK & Eire, Tim Rycroft, CEO of the UK’s Agriculture and Horticulture Improvement Board, Isla Roebuck, enterprise public relations director for Dunbia, and Cathal O’Connor, enterprise unit head AIB Company Banking.
To achieve the ultimate, SETU defeated a crew from Aberystwyth College in Wales, impressing the judges whereas proposing the movement that: “The long-term worthwhile way forward for livestock manufacturing in Eire and the UK is a grass-based weight-reduction plan and subsequently to cut back livestock numbers to counter local weather change is to disregard scientific details”. Owen Maleady, a 4th yr BSc Honours pupil in Land Administration at SETU, was awarded Greatest Speaker on this energetic debate.
UCC made it to the final two by scoring extremely of their win towards Dundalk Institute of Expertise (DKIT) in a critically spectacular encounter, the place they proposed the movement that: “An solely plant-based weight-reduction plan is neither wholesome for planet nor individual”. Greatest Speaker on this debate was Edmund Casey, a 4th yr pupil from UCC, who’s studying Agricultural Science.
Regardless of dropping to UCC, DKIT have been additionally scored extremely by the judges and secured sufficient factors to complete third general.
Within the different opening debates, a crew from the Antrim-based Faculty of Agriculture, Meals and Rural Enterprise noticed off Munster Technological College by opposing the movement that: “Market economies can’t present viable options to local weather change”. Aine Poff, a 4th yr Diet and Well being Science pupil in MUT, was a worthy recipient of the Greatest Speaker prize.
In the meantime, PYF a crew of placement yr college students from McDonald’s Progressive Younger Farmers programme have been judged the winners over UCD when opposing the movement that: “EU local weather ambitions will endanger human well being.” Greatest Speaker on this debate was awarded to Ciara Fox, a veteran Nice Agri-Meals debater and a 4th yr Dairy Enterprise pupil in UCD.
Niall Browne, chief government of Daybreak Meats, mentioned: “The Nice Agri-Meals Debate is all the time one of many highlights of the yr for our firm. It’s a excellent competitors, and we’re very proud to be concerned together with McDonald’s, our companions. The usual of debating is all the time extraordinarily excessive and that was actually the case once more this yr. It was so refreshing to see our future leaders passionately study, analysis and focus on such important points whereas displaying a powerful stage of technical and sensible data. I need to congratulate all of the groups concerned and need the 2 finalists the perfect of luck.”
The finalists will probably be debating for the title of Nice Agri-Meals Debate winners 2023 and an opportunity to raise the spectacular GAFD trophy. Prizes for the perfect speaker and successful crew will probably be introduced on the dwell occasion on March twenty eighth.
SETU crew members embrace: Patrick Shanahan (captain), Aoife Meagher, Owen Maleady, Cormac Loughran, Ciara Leonard and Maud O’Callaghan.
The UCC crew members embrace: Michelle Egan (captain), Edmund Casey, Paul O’Brien, Barry Stratford and Mairead Creedon.