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"There are over 10,000 types of insects as well as 1,800 different kinds of weeds and 1,500 kinds of fungus that attack crops every day. In order for growers to produce a bountiful crop that we all like to see in our supermarket, we need to protect our crops from all these pests that attack it. And so, there's a lot of different choices and also have healthy fruits and vegetables and all that we need. We also need to protect them, as well, because insects as you well know have a lot of toxins within them and can cause not only the fruit to wither and die, but also to possibly be poisonous.
     "And so one thing that we've done [at] some different meetings, and so on, is demonstrate with some apples. "How many of you like apples?" And, "How many of you would like an apple like this? Or how many of you would rather have an apple like this? What's the difference between these two? Well, this apple has been protected with a crop protection chemical, where this one has not. And so I don't think our average homeowner would like to go to a grocery store and find a shelf full of apples like this, right?" Even though this may be called so-called organic, it probably doesn't look too appetizing as compared to one that's been protected with a crop protection chemical.
     "And these have been, have gone through many, many years of testing. It takes probably anywhere from 10 to 12 years to get a pesticide registered with the Environmental Protection Agency. Companies do many, many studies on rats, environmental studies, fish, birds, etc., to make sure that anything that is applied is safe not only to the crop but also to the environment as well.
     "I always ask people, you know, what's worse then biting into an apple and finding a worm? That's biting into an apple and finding half a worm. And I don't think too many people would like to have that experience."

Dan Stork – A World without Insecticides

   

Other Excerpts from Dan Stork’s Interview:

Importance of Pesticides
Pulling Weeds by Hand
First Time Driving a Tractor
A "John Deere Family"
Tractor Pulling Contests
Driving a Cultivator