What are the standards and environmental implications when fruits and vegetables are labeled organic? In this presentation, participants will learn about organics standards both in Canada and in countries from which British Columbia regularly imports produce. The presentation will cover how standards are defined, how they are applied in practice, and the implications of standards for environmental health, including such aspects as soil fertility and biodiversity. The presentation will also provide a background on organic production and certification processes in British Columbia.
This presentation will not be focused on direct human health impacts of consuming organic or conventional produce, but will provide background for future discussions of those impacts.
This presentation has been made available, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).
- Dr. Lenore Newman, Associate Professor, Geography and the Environment, University of the Fraser Valley
- Dr. Lisa Powell, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Geography and the Environment at the UFV & Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at UBC.
Date of Presentation: April 12, 2017
- Video presentation (55 min) with the presentation slides (pdf)
- Audio file (mp3 file)
Cost: $19.95 for members; $24.95 for non-members; $14.95 for students