This is why organic farming should not be pushed as a solution to feed the planet’s population. It’s all fine and good for some individuals personal gardens or to make a high end product for rich minority who can and want to splurge on it. It is not a good way to feed 7 billion people.
Remember, those workers need to eat too. ‘Natural Living’ doesn’t scale. Yes, there is a way to make it work. If there wasn’t then our pre-industrial ancestors could have never survived to build our modern, industrial world.
So how do you make it work? Well… I don’t think it’s any accident that slavery finally started coming out of favor around the same time as technology began to reduce the amount of work necessary to produce our food and goods. They don’t know it but that is what the luddite, anti-gmo, anti pesticide ‘simple life’ advocates are really advocating, a return of slavery. Well… that or mass starvation.
There are certainly problems to be solved with pollution, both from the petticides and the CO2 produced by the equipment. If there is an answer to be found, and I think there is it is in more resarch and more technology. Moving backwards will take us to a place that we should never ever return. Our history as a species is full of slavery, pilaging and starvation. It is not something we should want to repeat.