As a kid growing up on a Montana wheat and cattle ranch in the 50s and 60s, I was raised farming with chemicals.
I never questioned our use of fertilizer and herbicide: these were new tools that my dad quickly adopted after a little experimentation, as he thought they could help us be better farmers and make more money.
I didn’t disagree: everyone was using them. We were told they were safe, effective and a good investment.
All through my youth on the farm and in agriculture classes from high school through my PhD in plant biochemistry at UC Davis, I heard nothing but positive things about the chemical industrial model that had taken hold in rural America.