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Canadian weed scientists to meet in Banff in November

A three day conference entitled, 'The Politics of Weeds' is scheduled for November 25-27 in Banff, and will address some of the more pressing and controversial issues facing agriculture, including the use of GMOs and urban pesticide bans.

October 1, 2008  By Canadian Weed Science Society

September 30, 2008

Banff, Alberta –Canadian weed scientists will gather in Banff on November 25th to 27th for their annual conference to discuss the most pressing and contentious issues facing the agricultural community, including public perceptions of GMOs, climate change and urban pesticide bans.


"We deliberately chose some of the hottest topics in agriculture today and speakers on both sides of the issue to generate lively discussion," said Dr. Clarence Swanton, President, Canadian Weed Science Society. "We look forward to welcoming the best of Canada's weed scientists and others involved with them to beautiful Banff in November."

The conference theme "The Politics of Weeds" is designed to capture interest and attention. The line-up of speakers include those on the front lines of the most-talked about issues in agriculture: GMOs, climate change and urban pesticide bans. These include Robin McLeod of a Coalition for a Healthy Calgary to provide the perspective of groups advocating urban pesticide bans and Dr. Jacob Barney of the University of California (Davis) for a perspective on the bio-fuels debate in the United States.

The conference opens on Tuesday, November 25th at the historic Banff Springs Hotel and continues with two-and-one-half days of plenary and concurrent sessions to conclude on Thursday, November 27th.

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