Pesticides in Agriculture: Past, Present and Future

February 20, 2014 :: Claudia Sheedy
Moderated by Klaus Jericho

Pesticides have played a great role in the green revolution by improving food production around the world and helping reduce disease transmission by insect vectors. Since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring was published, there has been greater awareness of the fate and transport of pesticides in the environment, and studies on their potential impacts on both human and animal health have led to bans of several chemicals such as organochlorines and DDT.

As new pesticides and technologies become available to growers, as climate change is impacting agriculture and as public concerns are rising, how will science contribute to better and smarter crop protection?

Speaker: Dr. Claudia Sheedy

Dr. Sheedy obtained her undergraduate degree at Université Laval in Quebec City, her M.Sc. at the University of Guelph and her Ph.D. at the University of Guelph in collaboration with the Institute for Biological Sciences of the National Research Council in Ottawa.

Dr. Sheedy’s research interests consist mainly of trace residue analysis of pesticides, veterinary antibiotics and livestock estrogens in water by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and immunochemistry. Dr. Sheedy loves the Rocky Mountains, and enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking and ice climbing.

Moderator: Klaus Jericho

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Time: Noon - 1:30 PM
Location: Country Kitchen Catering (Lower level of The Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr S
Cost: $11.00 (includes lunch)

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