This is good news for the world’s poor, but bad news for farmers. The agricultural sector already suffers from a poor profits on what is a difficult job that requires specialist knowledge that is often acquired over generations.
"Yield improvements and higher production intensity, driven by technological innovation, will result in higher output even as global agricultural land use remains broadly constant," the economic organizations said in a statement.
The report runs contrary to the media message that our food system is running into difficulty due to exponential population growth.
One thing is certain however, with agriculture facing a tech revolution, millions of workers will be phased out of the farm to fork supply chain, potential concentrating control, wealth and power in the hands of a few corporations. The agricultural system, just like the wild needs biodiversity and an ‘organic’ growth structure to ensure a human attachment to the land is maintained.
It is true that there will be more mouths to feed, but there must be an incentive for people to choose agriculture as a career path and that means customers will have to consume more consciously where possible.
This is a rare note of optimism amongst all the doom and gloom, however climate change, disease and trade disruptions as well as a predicted economic crash are all real dangers and could yet be more influential on the course of future agriculture than the continues innovation in the agritech sector.
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