Organics have grown at a rate of nearly 20 percent per year for the last seven (10?) years, and industry experts are continuing to forecast slowing but steady growth. [still makes up less than 4% of the total market]
Much as the chemical industry complains about regulation, the regulatory process in the U.S. is largely captured by corporate interests. Corporations wield unmatched money and influence, and regulatory agencies rely on industry-funded studies, antiquated legal frameworks and inadequate enforcement tools.
When chemicals that are designed to kill are introduced into delicately balanced ecosystems, they can set damage in motion that reverberates through the food web for years.