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Fri, Apr 26


O'Born Room, National Arts Centre

From Soil to Statute:

Navigating the Future of Plastics Used in Agriculture in the International Legally Binding Instrument on Plastic Pollution FAO

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Time & Location

Apr 26, 2024, 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

O'Born Room, National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1, Canada

About The Event

Plastics play a crucial role in agriculture, with an annual consumption of 12.5 million tonnes in crop and livestock production, forestry, fisheries, and aquaculture. While their usage can enhance productivity and efficiency, it comes at a considerable cost, impacting the environment, human health, and incurring economic and social consequences. Evidence suggests that degraded plastics contaminating the soil adversely affect biodiversity and soil health, potentially leading to decreased productivity and jeopardizing food security in the long term.

This event seeks to delve into the sustainable use of plastics in agriculture through the lens of diverse stakeholders within agrifood value chains. It will examine the essential factors facilitating its sustainable use, encompassing best practices and challenges, such as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes, and the significance of sectoral approaches within the global Instrument.

The event will feature a collaborative and inclusive dialogue on the pressing issue of plastics in agriculture. The heart of the event lies in a moderated panel featuring representatives from the Scientists' Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty, Indigenous Groups, Cleanfarms, as well as representatives from BASF and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). This diverse panel ensures a multifaceted exploration of the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of plastics in agriculture, with a keen focus on solutions and best practices.


  • Andréanne Léger, Acting Director, Taskforce for International Engagement on Environment Issues at Agriculture and Agri-food Canada.
  • Ronnie Brathwaite, Senior Agricultural Officer, FAO, LinkedIn
  • Barry Friesen, Executive Director, Cleanfarms Inc, LinkedIn
  • Christine Masta, BASF Communication & Advocacy Easter Africa, BASF, LinkedIn
  • Joe Yates, Co-Director, Agriculture, Nutrition & Health Academy; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (Scientists' Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty)

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