I think most of us have tried to grow vegetables in our backyard. I, for one, have tried to grow carrots, tomatoes, mint, and peppers. While I was very excited to watch these vegetables grow, I learnt that growing vegetables and plants is a lot more difficult that than I expected. My carrots never peeked through the soil and my tomatoes didn't do to well either. I think that experience and disappointment really put it into perspective just how difficult farming and agriculture is.
From our conversation today, it widened this perspective further as we discussed the just how complex farming is. Farmers have to make difficult choices when trying to maintain a steady harvest while still being competitive in grocery stores and local markets. They may encounter the questions 'should we go organic and is it really beneficial?' and 'what about pesticides?' Well, a farmer may not want use pesticides but if that means that their crops, which they have worked so hard to grow, will get destroyed by pests then sometimes farmers may have to make the hard decision to use pesticides, to keep their farm running for another season.
My vision for the future is develop effective non-toxic pesticides that are cost-efficient that will allow farmers and consumers to feel better about what they are consuming and using. We know how harmful pesticides can be for our environment (e.g water and soil pollution), and human health (e.g neurological disorders, birth defects, and cancer) but if we were to develop a non-toxic pesticide (which who knows? could even have a health benefit!), then we would not only reduce the stress that farmers face on a seasonal basis but also create a positive impact on the environment. While we develop this solution, an additional intervention that could be to implement the use of natural predators (such as ladybird and ground beetles) against the pests for a more natural solution.
I hope we can see these interventions come more to life in the near future!