As I walked the dogs this morning, I came across a tractor ploughing a large plot in the early morning, autumn sunshine. The sight and the efficiency of this single tractor which now ploughs a field in a fraction of the time, which not so long ago, farmers would use a horse or oxen to pull the plough, and huge numbers of people would be employed on the land to produce food.
It is quite a debate, especially as we hear about unemployment unfortunately growing rapidly due to the corona virus crisis. But many people would not be able to afford produce from farms or anywhere else if humans needed to be employed in vast numbers as the cost of human labour would need to be passed on to consumers to cover the costs of the business.
I am very relieved that my working career is over, and my heart goes out to all of those young people struggling to find work and make a good life for themselves in an increasingly competitive labour market.