Originally posted by twhitehead
….I don't agree with the 'driven up costs' bit. No sensible farmer will use product that drive up the cost of his produce.
I don't agree with the 'driven up costs' bit. No sensible farmer will use product that drive up the cost of his produce.
I also cant see how over production results in a reduction in income.
I do know that the EU and the US subsidize their farmers which does lead to over production but I don't have any stats on the matter. I think quite often they expor ...[text shortened]... one overboard in demanding that fruit look nice even when it comes at the cost of nutrition.
Exactly! -and I should know because I used to be just such a farmer!
I also got a distinction in C&G horticulture but then was made painfully aware of the paranoia the laymen have about the use of pesticides. I once sprayed an insecticide on my field against white fly pest near the house of a neighbour. The insecticide consisted of formulated fatty acid -formulated soap to be more precise! -it is a scientific FACT that it is non-toxic to people. But as soon as my neighbours saw me spray they panicked and told me not to spray because they said they didn’t want any of it to drift onto them and contaminate them and no matter how hard I tried to convince them that what I was spraying was harmless they just didn’t believe me. They even threatened to ‘do me in’.
Most of the modern chemicals that are used on the farm are like that and nothing like the old chemicals that used to be used -most of them are highly selective and have very low toxicity to humans and many now even have zero toxicity to humans!
That is because all the more toxic ones have been banned one after the other forcing the chemical manufacturers to come up with more selective chemicals.
Of course, there are still some that are used that are highly toxic and arguably should be banned.