- The increasing disconnection with food through urbanisation
- The impact of new public space that is available when farming activities decrease
- Farmers that focus on new technologies
Feeding the world is extremely complex and ever evolving through the rise of new technologies, changing economics, changing climate and changing human behavior. In addition, there is a wide variety between regions in the world in how agriculture is practiced and valued. Some over-arching large trends however seem to be inevitable. Urbanisation will continue resulting in a increasing disconnect between people and systems producing and those consuming food. It is also expected that the increase in efficiency in how land is being used, will result in repurposing of land for for instance nature conservation, recreation or a combination. Farming is a playfield for novel technologies such as drones, robots, satellite imaging, big data, AI and gene editing. These technologies will change the lives of farmers (most would argue the change is for the better) and will necessarily lead to a new perception of farming. Some of these changes might be disruptive and will lead to the creation of public opinions that may drive future choices. A good example of the latter is the GMO discussion.