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Sunday 15 September 2019

Seminar links soil and a healthy heart

At the seminar: John O’Connor (EETC); Brendan Byrne (Salt of the Earth); Ivor Cummins (Irish Heart Disease Awareness); David Atherton (Thomson & Joseph) and Ciaran Conway (Devenish).
At the seminar: John O’Connor (EETC); Brendan Byrne (Salt of the Earth); Ivor Cummins (Irish Heart Disease Awareness); David Atherton (Thomson & Joseph) and Ciaran Conway (Devenish).

Brendan Keane

A seminar focussing attention on the link between soil health and heart health was held recently in Enniscorthy.

The event took place at the Enniscorthy Enterprise Centre (EETC) and was organised by local man, Brendan Byrne, who is the host of a new farm and food podcast called Salt of the Earth (www.saltearthireland.com).

Commenting on the event to this newspaper Mr Byrne said the seminar focused attention on 'bridging the gap between soil health and heart health'.

There was a number of international speakers at the event who addressed a large group of farmers from across the south east region.

The first keynote address was from Ivor Cummins, from Irish Heart Disease Awareness (www.ihda.ie).

He spoke about the benefits of a heart disease test (Calcification Test) which is available locally and enables high-risk people to take action to enhance their own overall health and well-being.

The second speaker was David Atherton who is a diary scientist who works with Thomson & Joseph.

He spoke about an innovative soil improvement programme, run in conjunction with Devenish (www.soilimprovement.ie).

The programme is focussing attention on soil health and in particular examines the issue from the perspective of farm profitability.

Among those in attendance at the event was Noel Culleton who was a very prominent figure at Johnstown Castle.

He welcomed the fact that such a seminar was taking place in Enniscorthy and he particularly welcomed the fact that it was an event focussing attention on the link between soil health, sustainability and food quality.

Wexford People

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