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Pesticide residues in food were and still are much discussed, and many people are still convinced that vegetables not treated with pesticides are without poisons, taste better, have more vitamins, etc., than pesticide treated products. Their views are not shared by more rational and scientific minds. […] Such nonscientific emotions are important driving forces for exploring the possibilities of using nonchemical methods to combat pests.

Jørgen Stenersen, Chemical Pesticides: Mode of Action and Toxicology.

Stenersen misses the main argument of pesticide critics, that most pesticides have been shown to cause many types of cancers and to disrupt the endocrine (hormone) system, among other harms. But what’s most interesting is that he posits any anti-pesticide argument as unscientific and emotional — as if anything ‘emotional’ were inherently wrong. This goes back to hegemonic masculinity, which is defined as the antithesis of anything feminine. Emotionality is considered feminine and therefore disdained and denigrated.

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