It has taken thousands of years for mankind to develop a safe, reliable and plentiful food supply. I believe that without the use of modern farming technologies which include the proper use of herbicides/pesticides that something.... be it virus, insect, disease or something as yet unknown (my worst fear) will eventually lead to a devastation of our food supply. Something will be born that can spread and infect crops and livestock for which there may be no defense. I would like to leave a good thing well enough alone...Better yet to the farmers and others who know what they're doing.
Cornell did extensive research into the effect of DDT on the survival of Ospreys in the 70's. In 1974 I sat in on a lecture by one of the leed researchers (A friend of my family). They were able to plot egg thickness deterioration with the use of DDT. The thinning of the eggs led to massive failure of chick birth. This same research saw a significant turn around in egg thickness after DDT was banned with the result that ospreys are no longer endangered and are thriving where their habitat still remains. As to our elders, their childhood was not exposed to massive amounts of pesticides and herbicides, since their introduction occurred in on a large scale after WWII. My boomer generation would look outside our window and see helicopters dusting large areas with DDT to control mosquitoes in the 50's. Now in our late 50's and early 60's, my friends are contracting cancer at an alarming rate. A connection? No proof, but I am suspicious and will continue to farm organic, buy organic and eat organic. Besides it is far better for the land.
The legal system isn't perfect. You know that, I know that, and so does everyone else. I wish it were better. In most cases though, those who are right prevail. Unfortunately it has become very costly to be right. The people that try screw you over know it too and use it to their advantage.