There is a field beside me of seed potatoes and man its like weekly thing through out the summer of spraying. This fall though I think they must have ran out of storage space or something as they worked 50 acres of it underIt's all about public perception, and what the media feeds them.
My wife has family that lives in Florida. They are fascinated with farming, and ask a lot of questions. A cousin of hers is a health nut, owns a gym, you get the type. He asked me if we use those airplanes to spray those chemicals on our potatoes. I asked him if he had ever seen a potato with net necrosis. It's a disease that is spread by aphids that turn the inside of a potato full black spiderweb looking veins, and would you eat a potato that looked like that? No of course not, and I cannot sell a potato that is diseased. I explained to him that scientists have found certain potato plants that are genetically resistant to bugs, and can replicate that to where I can grow a crop that needs no or little bug spray. But you guys hear GMO and throw a fit, so I blast the crap out of them with chemicals.
His response. I have never thought of that!
Yeah cause propane is so cheap?...There won't be any starvation. Most of the junk we grow isn't used for eating. I had some canned corn with supper tonight and it's not hard gmo corn kernals. It's soft sweet corn kernals.
With propane burner row crop equipment raising nice organic crops is doable.