The World Is Flat By Thomas L. Friedman

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“No civilization can survive the time when its agricultural economy is destroyed,” by Lloyd Noble. This quote relates to what people want to start doing in the agriculture field. When it comes to adding robots to something that is as important as agriculture we know that it will start to get destroyed because not only with it stop being picked fresh, but most of all it will make people lose their jobs. In the book The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman he explains how our world is advancing when it comes to jobs and technology. He also explains how middle jobs will be gone because of how “robots” will do the job that we once did. Not only will our jobs be taken away by robots, but by people from other countries. Friedman explains how jobs can become “untouchable” this will help people not lose their jobs because of all of the advantages they will have; this will cause for more jobs to be open or created. In the Yakima Valley we are known for the fresh fruit and vegetables we pick, but most of all because of how well they are being taken care of. Agriculture plays a big role in Yakima because it’s helping us create more jobs, but if they add agribots to the equation all the fresh picked fruits and vegetables will be gone. Even though some people may agree that having agribots is the best way to go because of how cheaper it will be for farmers, however they don’t see that having agribots will stop the work from being fresh. They don’t see that people who work in the agriculture field are better at being great collaborators, explainers, and green people.
When it comes to being more economical people will go to great lengths to make this happen. Just like in the agriculture field, people want to start adding agribots because they know that it will be cheaper for farmers. Friedman explains that if it works for farmers then they should do it he says, “Here is what this is going to do for you, here is how it will tie into your existing systems, here is how it will benefit you, and here is how much it will cost” (289). The people who are building the agribots know it’s the best way to go because it will help them save more money by not having to hire people and having to pay them, but most of all getting people to work for them won’t be as hard because they will have robots to do the work others aren’t willing to do. Just like how they explain in the Yakima Herald Newspaper, “Fruit growers sometimes struggle to find workers in the Yakima Valley and throughout Washington, prompting members of Congress to call for immigration reform that would include a guest worker program.” Not only will robots help them economically, but it will help them from having to find people to do their work. However, when it comes to food the people need to realize the risk that they will take because what happens once it starts to break down or leak without farmers realizing it and most importantly once the fruit and vegetables aren’t as safe as they used to be.
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