Editorial Analysis on Future of Food and Farming Predicts Changes

An in-depth editorial series from Agri-Pulse looks ahead at “Farm & Food 2040.” The second installment of the series explores some historic changes in cropping patterns and predicts that “as the amount of U.S. cropland continues to decline due to urbanization, there will be a focus on growing more on less acreage and doing so in a sustainable fashion.” Based on interviews with six leading farmers in locations across the country, the feature also predicts “larger-scale conventional farming by 2040 along with more diversification into new geographic areas along with organic production and more nonconventional approaches like soil-less urban farming.” The organic producers see more farmers shifting to organic production in coming years as a way to increase profits, reduce input costs, and attain greater sustainability. Urban growers envision more local sites producing fresh food in urban locations.