Who in reality has the power to change the future of food and how it is produced? Is it the chemical company, the farm advisor, the farmer, the supermarket or you, the consumer?
I would argue that it is you the consumer, with your purchasing power, who controls how our food is produced.
If you want cheap food and aren’t too fussy about what goes into it except that it’s fairly safe then that’s what you will end up with more of. You are indicating through your purchases that GMO’s, farm chemicals, feed lots, synthetic hormones and antibiotics are fine or at least nothing to worry about.
You’d probably look at the current situation and see our capitalist system working perfectly.
The chemical companies want to sell as many chemicals as possible to the farmers in a way that benefits farm production and lowers costs (at least in the short term).
The farm advisor wants to suggest strategies to his clients to maximize production at the cheapest possible price.
The farmer wants to survive in a very price conscious commodity market and will do whatever is necessary to generate a profit or at least stay afloat until things get better.
The processor attempts to profitably process raw materials into foods that have a long shelf life, travel well, taste good and are safe.