New Event Announced – Agro-Chemicals Symposium: The Future of Fertilisers and Pesticides – 8th Jan 2016

The Brighton and Sussex Universities Food Network are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a one-day symposium on the topic of agro-chemicals. The symposium will be held at the Univeristy of Brighton on Friday the 8th of January, from 10am until 4pm.

The use of agro-chemicals became widespread during the period known as the Green Revolution in the 1950s and ‘60s, and has continued to increase in use since. The nature of agro-chemicals varies from plant-specific to mass-produced NPK (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium) fertilisers, and from household weed-killers to mass spraying of toxic chemicals.

However, the range of agro-chemicals is now coming under scrutiny. The natural resources which common forms of fertiliser are made from are being depleted and pesticides are increasingly being identified as having a negative effect on environmental and human health. The presentations during this symposium will take a critical look at the future of agro-chemicals

This symposium addresses highly topical issues associated with the use of agro-chemicals. The morning session will focus on fertilisers with the threats of peak phosphorus being discussed from different perspectives. The afternoon session will focus on pesticides, particularly highlighting the harmful effects that pesticides are having on human and environmental health.

Two Keynote Lectures

We are delighted to be welcoming two distinguished speakers to give keynote lectures during the symposium. Dr. Robin Sen (Manchester Metropolitan University) is a highly regarded soil microbiologist and has much expertise in microbial interactions with plants and uses for crop production. He will be giving us his perspective on the threats of peak phosphorus to global food security.

We will also be joined by Professor Dave Goulson (University of Sussex), an ecologist who is well renowned for his research on bees. He has undertaken influential research on the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on bee populations. He will be presenting on the interactions between bees, pesticides, and politics.

A full provisional programme for the symposium is available here.

The symposium is free to attend but space is limited so please register your attendance here.

The Agro-Chemicals Symposium is kindly supported by the School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton.

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