A Conversation with a Futurist: Huge Factors at Play in Agriculture's Future

Robots, pension plans and jet streams — what do all these have in common? All three will play an integral role in agriculture now and into the future. That’s according to Richard Worzel, a futurist and recent speaker at BASF’s Knowledge Harvest event. Worzel touched on several key factors that promise great demand for agriculture products, but also highlights some interesting challenges ahead for the industry.

While we’re still not 100% sure how one qualifies to become a ‘futurist’, sitting down to chat with someone who describes themselves as such is always bound to be interesting. This week, RealAgriculture founder Shaun Haney sat down with Richard Worzel to talk about some of the major factors influencing agriculture — from our environment, to how we produce food and even how industries access capital.

 

 

2 thoughts on “A Conversation with a Futurist: Huge Factors at Play in Agriculture’s Future

  1. From Richards talk I now see better why pension plans are buying farm land. The concern I have with that is why does a farmer wish to rent from them for this land will probably never come up for sale again, other than to other large investor that can buy large parcels at once. My Greatgrandfather farmed in the warmest highest producing soils in Europe yet came to Canada to sit in this cold Saskatchewan winters and hot dry summers because he said, In Europe your a slave to the landlord and always will be, make sure it never happens here. Yet now it is happening here and the young farmers love it, grow your acres super fast. Will their children or grandchildren be able to say the same?

  2. Always interesting to hear the views of a futurist. His 3 points are interesting but I would add role of future government regulations around the world for functioning of markets and environmental standards, diet trends in particular animal protein, consumer trends in terms of quality and transparency, rise of competition from low cost countries (ex Black Sea region), geographic shift of crops; and the need for more marketing activities from farmers themselves.

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