The proof is here. Buckle your seat belts apple growers! The truth is here in the form of… yes, real evidence. Your customers are catching onto your pesticide use, and they do not like it. This means they do not like your products, and they will not buy your product. So start learning some organic farming, because the future is here and you will need to learn how to adapt. Nasty harsh pesticides are out!
“Consumer demand for food that is not laced with toxic pesticides has risen dramatically”, reads from this absolutely fascinating brief from the University of Oregon Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center’s Food Resiliency Project.
Is the Washington apple industry going to get the message here? Consumers do not want you to spray toxic pesticides on their food. You can argue this point that “they aren’t that bad for you” as much as you like. The people are going to vote with their dollars. Consumer demand is going to rule here, and you will be out of luck when you find yourself offering pesticide-laced products to a populace that doesn’t want them.