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Mark Sweeney

Very Own BC Berry Industry Specialist

Better Together BC

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Background Information

Employment History

JGS Events Inc

Industry Specialist; Berries and Nuts

British Columbia


Assigned Committee Member
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council



Web References (39 Total References)

Pesticides 101: Another reason to eat local ยท Better Together BC [cached]

With all these questions stewing about, we turned directly to the source, our very own BC Berry Industry Specialist, Mark Sweeney.

Berry expert, Mark Sweeney, began our pesticide 101 with an overview of pesticide use in BC, explaining that when it comes down to it, growers really can't produce fruits and vegetables without pesticides. Even organic producers use organic pesticides, but, he said, consumers need not be alarmed: "All pesticides are thoroughly tested to minimize residue on fruit. The result is that there are very low pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables in BC, and these are considered by toxicologists not to have any adverse health effects."
That's good news to the average consumer, who may be concerned that if they can't afford organic, they or their children aren't getting the best nutrition. Mark was quick to let us know this is simply not true and that the most important thing in terms of nutrition is to encourage people to eat as much fruits and veggies as possible.
Hmmm. So what actually makes berries organic vs. non organic? In reality, is there much difference in BC?
There is a difference, Mark explains: "The word 'organic' technically means it has been produced without the use of any synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, and has been grown in a production system that is sustainable.
According to Mark, there are important differences, "Many pesticides are used on shipped products to protect against rotting, etc. so fruits and berries that are shipped have higher pesticide levels.

USHBC Information [cached]

Mark Sweeney, Ph.D. Assigned Committee Member - British Columbia, Canada

Research [cached]

Mark Sweeney, Ph.D. Assigned Committee Member - British Columbia, Canada

Pacific Agriculture Show - Contact [cached]

Mark Sweeney: Tel: (604) 556-3056

Chairman Parm Bains of ... [cached]

Chairman Parm Bains of USHBC and Mark Sweeney the BC Blueberry Guru.

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