Agriculture leaders, innovators and producers meet to address consumer demand for sustainability

February 9, 2015

Canola producers encouraged to participate in Social Licence Conference March 11 and 12.

Edmonton, AB March 11 and 12 will see a prominent line up of leading food companies, producer organizations, retailers, and agricultural leaders come together in Nisku, AB to discuss how to respond to increasing consumer scrutiny about how the ag and food industry operates.  This Social Licence in Agriculture Conference is the first of its kind in Western Canada, and is hosted by the Agri-Environmental Partnership of Alberta (AEPA) and its partners, which include the Alberta Canola Producers Commission.

Canola producers are encouraged to attend and contribute ideas on how the industry should respond to social license issues related to the environment, food safety, animal welfare, and production practices. The industry’s social licence to operate reflects trust from consumers and society that farming practices align with their values and expectations. Now, more than ever, retailers are responding with increasing demands on primary agriculture in terms of sustainability practices.

“The primary goal of this event is to increase Alberta producers’ understanding of Social Licence. The marketplace is changing and we, as an industry, need to understand the affects moving forward,’ says Karla Bergstrom, Policy Analyst for the ACPC, and speaker at the event. “Farmers are highly trusted individuals in society. So, most importantly, we want to present options to uphold our industry’s social licence and be proactive in meeting future demands.”

Keynote speakers include:

  • Charlie Arnot:  Centre for Food Integrity
  • Jeff Fitzpatrick-Stilwell: Mcdonald’s Corporate Verified Sustainable Beef Project
  • Steve Savage: Food and Agriculture MythBuster

The full agenda and speakers list, as well as accommodation information, can be viewed here: http://albertacanola.com/social-licence-event

AEPA is a stand-alone, multi-stakeholder group representing approximately 24 industry organizations (crop and livestock), Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, Ducks Unlimited Canada, and the Government of Alberta Ministries of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, and Agriculture and Rural Development.

For more information please contact:

Karla Bergstrom
ACPC Policy Analyst
[email protected]
780-454-0844

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