Wednesday, April 16, 2014
"The Consumer is Always Right, and That's Why Farmers Use Pesticides"
What Mr. Gianessi has been doing in these sorts of presentations is turning the card around and speaking about the fact that it is consumer standards and expectations that bring cause for our use of pesticides. Now before anyone gets all hot and bothered, let me explain that statement. This link should take you to the PowerPoint slides.
We learned something interesting in this presentation. Farmers aren't spending a fortune on chemicals because they simply love spending money, using fuel to drive through fields spraying, and using time that could be spent doing other things. They spend all this time and money because it produces a better product for their consumers. Actually, they make this investment because consumers demand food of a certain quality at the very least. I mean, we could just not do this, have some food that is still acceptable to eat, but looks funny, is discolored, or the like. In some cases, like blueberries, these chemicals protect consumers from finding beetles conveniently hidden in their food. Who doesn't like a nice crunchy beetle after every few berries, I mean come on!
In all seriousness, I urge you to look at the CropLife Foundation's webpage here, and find them on Facebook here. There is further information on this and other similar topics.
Have a good day, and remember that it's spring. Slow down and watch for slow moving farm machinery. That's someone's family member, and saving a couple minutes isn't worth taking their life.
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