Apologies - this is long
My concern with all these sort of (I'm sorry but I have to say it) scaremongering videos and books is that lack true perspective on the big picture
A huge amount of the worlds population live in countries where they struggle to produce field grown crops, fruit & veg at all never mind a diversity of them so they are very reliant on countries like the US to supply them - and that supply has to be affordable as many of these places are far from affluent.
Many countries still rely on a rural economy to sustain their income so they cant afford to have low yields or lose produce to a swarm of bugs or fungal disease. Have you ever seen how fast a few butterflies will produce enough caterpillars to totally wipe out a field of broccoli? If thats a farmers livelihood then how does he pay his bills? And that is nothing compared to what a hoard of locusts will do
I have seen farmers in the UK try to grow organic barley and give up within a few years as they eventually have more weeds than grain. Most organic farmers are small time and actually rely on surrounding farmers using herbicides to keep the numbers of weeds down.
Organic farming is incredibly labour intensive - who wants that sort of work? Try weeding an acre of lettuce plants? Thats if they havent all been eaten by slugs or greenfly
The US has had an awful year of hay shortages and this could be worse if next year is a repeat. We need high yields of good quality grasses to meet demands - a field half full of weeds and low growth isnt going to do that.
I'm not saying it cant be done - but it isn't ever going to feed the world, we would soon be starving. And I'm not being dramatic here.
The US is actually behind most other countries in labelling standards and livestock recording - do people want more rules and regulation? I dont know the answer to that. I know some will say not and US livestock farmers are very opposed to having more paperwork.
Its not fair to blame governments for what happens in packaged food production units - having inspectors there 24/7 would be the only solution and thats going to cost someone somehow either directly in price increases or indirectly in taxes
Its also unfair to demonise Ag Chem companies and accuse governments of lack of control with them.
It takes between 4 to 7 years to test and register a product for use on food crops depending on the country - the EU being the longest. If there is the slightest whiff of cancer or anything else it fails. Older products are being removed from the market all the time and most of the big companies are actively testing organic products - they are NOT against them but they have to work and be affordable at field scale. Most of them dont and fall in what they call the "muck & magic' category.
Most problems are a result of misuse by the people applying them
There are also many allowed applications in organic farming that have the potential to be harmful if misused - tests on organic land have produced evidence of higher than acceptable levels of copper, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, arsenic, selenium, zinc and molybdnenium. They can come from all sorts of sources such as the use of wood ash and even sewage
This is a link to a site that gives a list of permitted chemicals for use on organic produce Permitted Chemicals List for Organic Farming
My husband & I both come from agricultural backgrounds and have first hand experience of arable, field scale veg & dairy. I am not anti-organic - I am just a realist
Just to add - how does anything the author says relate to 'our beloved equines?