I have seen products like Surround used in commercial orchard operations (transitioning to organic). While it does work to a point, it and other organic options do not offer the level of control that conventional pesticides do. This is okay if the consumer is willing to pay higher prices (look at what organic produce costs) due to the reduction of yield for the grower. The consumer is also going to have to be willing to pay more for a lower quality product (insect damage,scab,etc.).
Many want to have things both ways. They want cheap perfect fruit produced without chemicals. While this would be nice, it is unrealistic. The same consumer will not think twice about buying an apple (for example) from China where they are not held to standards even close to U.S. growers.
Others do not seem to care and want "organic" produce at any cost. This is a selfish view in my opinion. Modern agricultural practices have brought us greater yields and higher quality from less acres. As anyone who lives in an agricultural area can see, farm land is not expanding it is shrinking (due to development, higher production costs, increased regulation, etc.) We can hardly feed the world now even with all of these advancements, so what would we face if some had their wish and all food was produced "organically"? Many, even in this country, simply cannot afforded to pay the higher prices that "organic" products must receive.
A look at the current "biofuel" craze demonstrates the unintended consequences of what seems to be a great idea. Food prices are on the rise and global food stocks are at an all time low. The costs of farming have risen as well as our groceries, and I would not look for them to fall. Countries that were net exporters (i.e. China, India) have put restrictions on exports as they can hardly feed their own populations. And we want to run our vehicles on food?
What does all of this have to do with beekeeping? In this time of change I believe that beekeepers, growers and the consumer need to work together and not jump to conclusions. Remember that in the "good old days" a typical spray program included Wettable DDT, Lead Arsinate, Phygon, etc. Somehow we made it through that.