The economic impact of the agricultural revolution, as defined by the US Department of Agriculture, is enormous.
That’s not just the economic impact, it’s also the psychological impact of it.
In the 1960s, it was the single biggest event in American history.
Today, it has become the single largest event in human history.
It has reshaped how we live, how we produce and how we consume food.
The United States is a major exporter of food.
It’s responsible for the lion’s share of the world’s food.
Its population of 1.3 billion people is growing faster than at any time in the past 50 years.
And the food industry is now in a position to create a new economic paradigm, a new way of thinking about the world that is going to be more open to experimentation, more innovative, more dynamic.
This is an opportunity.
The economic impacts of the agro-industrial revolution are now well understood, but not fully understood.
The transition from one agricultural system to another is a process that can take decades.
And for a variety of reasons, it is happening so slowly.
The impact of this shift will be felt for years to come.
That means the economic impacts will also take decades to fully unfold.
I’m an agronomist by trade, and a food scientist by trade.
We have a lot of overlap.
It turns out, we’re both fascinated by how plants and animals are evolving and developing.
And so, the transition is going in the right direction, as long as we keep our eyes on the prize.
The shift from farming to food is not just a matter of producing more food.
This transition also has major economic implications for the way we live our lives, how much money we make, how our lives are governed, and how the world works.
But it’s not about agriculture alone.
The agricultural revolution was not the end of farming.
Farming was the foundation of a very successful society.
It is the foundation for the industrial revolution.
And it’s what created a rich and powerful middle class, the very same society that we’re seeing in China today.
The most important thing we need to remember about the agropolitics of the future is that agriculture is not the only thing that is changing.
The world is changing around us.
The changes are global.
They’re going to affect everyone, not just in the United States, but in every country on the planet.
We can’t predict what’s going to happen next, and we can’t plan for it.
But we can be a part of the change.
We need to know what we’re doing right now.
This piece was produced by Sarah Richey and Adam Gopnik.