Wow. Just wow. 10/10 for sheer brass neck.
Mind you, I’d quite like to be called “tripod king”.
The guys at the farmers’ markets seem to do just fine. Anyway, pesticides are not used to make the produce look shapely: that’s achieved by the simple expedient of throwing half of it away, and/or polishing it, dipping it in wax, etc. Organic and chemical-fed crops all look much the same when they’re growing; the idea of pesticide-free crops being devoured by a cloud of uncontrolled pests is make-believe nonsense put around by the pesticide companies.
Pesticides are used in monocultures for the exact same reason antibiotics are used on feedlots: the design itself is inherently vulnerable to pests/disease. They don’t eliminate pest damage, but they reduce it to a manageable level - which is, in fact, approximately the same level of damage you get on a properly-managed chemical-free farm. The research is quite clear on that subject. Organic growers simply arrange things so that pest epidemics don’t occur in the first place. What tends to happen in a pesticide-free environment is that 80% of your produce will be absolutely pristine; a few varieties will get nibbled; and one or two will be devastated. It’s impossible to predict which ones will be affected, but it’s of no concern to the typical organic farmer who aims for a diverse output. The (high) profits he makes on the successful crops offset the losses.
There’s probably a healthy market niche for sawn-off shotguns and crystal meth, but I assume you wouldn’t defend that particular form of enterprise?
He is a bad guy. He has a choice in life. Nobody’s forcing him to sell pesticides; he could sell mobile phones, or party balloons, or lobsters. By doing what he does (I assume he got away with it for a good while) he is one of those people who is directly responsible for human and animal deaths and disease, and environmental disruption. All for no purpose. The products he is peddling have no useful function except to keep farmers hooked on dysfunctional ways of doing things. Having said that, it is partly or mostly the fault of government for permitting such things in the first place. The chemicals are, essentially, legal, even if they’re ( :roflmao: ) “controlled”.
As for consumer behaviour, I agree that most people don’t give a shit. There are many reasons for that, but the “we give the people what they want” argument doesn’t hold water. People want what they are told to want. The food industry has an enormous influence on the way people think about food.