The Seduction of Organic Production & the Mystery of Science: A CropSphere Preview

Have you met someone with a degree from the University of Google? Perhaps you’ve even boasted those credentials when arguing your case over a contentious issue about food or agriculture. But if you’re frustrated that everyone is suddenly an expert on science without actually understanding it, this isn’t a new phenomenon.

Dr. Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill University’s Office for Science and Society, has been hosting a radio show about understanding science and chemistry for 30 years. The mystery surrounding science isn’t s new bump in the road to understanding, says Schwarcz, but the advent of the Internet and social media combined with “seduction” of organic production has left conventional agriculture in the lurch.

Demystifying chemicals and how science and research happens and works is what Dr. Schwarcz will talk about on day one of CropSphere at Saskatoon, Sask., held January 13 and 14, 2015. Hear a preview of his talk below!

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Jim Hale

I love this. But I feel as though at Ag industry events is a bit of preaching to the choir. How do we get regular consumers to hear this message and see these facts?

Lyndsey Smith

I think of it this way — first farmers and ag industry types need to get up to speed (let’s face it, we’re not all chemists), then that information starts to move out from there. At the same time, these presenters and topics should also be targeted at influencers: teachers, dieticians, media, etc.


The one problem I have is that chemists can not duplicate what MOTHER NATURE does naturally and safer!


After 50 years of consuming wheat based products I am now to the point that I have to avoid them for my own health safety. Now is it the chemicals that are being sprayed on them preharvest or is it the wheats that have changed? I have asked for a blood screening and have been denied, guess I will have to find a “Medical Person” that wants to work with me!!


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