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Futurist Thomas Frey predicts ‘Urban Agriculturalists’ one of 162 Future Jobs

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“Our goal needs to be focused on the catalytic innovations that create entirely new industries, and these new industries will serve as the engines of future job creation, unlike anything in all history.”

In 2011 Thomas Frey predicted that ‘Urban Agriculturalists’ would be one of 55 Jobs of the future. Again this year 2014, he included urban agriculture as one of ‘162 Future Jobs: Preparing for Jobs that Don’t Yet Exist’.

‘Urban Agriculturalists’ – Why ship food all the way around the world when it can be grown next door.

Excerpt from Futurist Speaker Mar 21, 2014:

Future Agriculture
When people think of farming, they typically conjure up images of a tractor cresting a hill billowing large plumes of exhaust into the air. This image will become a distant memory as automated machines, drones, and swarmbots enter the pictures. As with all industries, there are many micro-forces driving the changes in future agriculture. But there are three dominant trend lines – precision, relevance, and control – that will be driving this industry.

2014:

128. Plant-Jackers and Tree-Jackers – Plant and tree alteration specialists, who manipulate growth patterns, create grow-to-fit wood products, color-changing leaves, personalized fruit, etc.
129. Molecular Gastronomists
130. Bio-Meat Factory Engineers
131. Supply Chain Optimizers
132. Urban Agriculturalists – Why ship food all the way around the world when it can be grown next door.
133. Bio-Hacking Inspectors and Security
134. Swarmbot and Drone Operators and Managers
135. Plant Educators – An intelligent plant will be capable of re-engineering itself to meet the demands of tomorrow’s marketplace. Plant educators will not work with lesson plans or PowerPoint presentations, but the learning process will be even more effective.
136. Plant Psychologists & Plant Therapists – As we mess with the “minds” of the plants, there will invariably be any number of unplanned reactions.

In 2011 Frey wrote:

7. Urban Agriculturalists – Why ship food all the way around the world when it can be grown next door. Next generation produce-growing operations will be located underground, often below the grocery stores where the produce will be sold directly to customers.

See 162 Future Jobs.