— Is agronomy now a promising area? Why?
— Yes, it is! The problem of food security turned it into one! And so much technology is being invented for the agriculture sector, but it's so difficult to be sustainable. Let's just clarify that 'sustainable' isn't just equal to 'green'! It's very difficult to get a solution that is good for everybody: for the government, for people, and for entrepreneurs.
— If you will imagine an agronomist in the 22nd century, what would he look like? Can we grow potatoes on Mars, like in the movie The Martian?
— Exactly! While farming on planet Earth will be totally robotized. Our need for food will require us to put farms in space! Space modules orbiting our planet will be used to grow food and will also be service stations for those travelling through our galaxy!
— Is farming possible with only robots? Can it survive without manual labor?
— That's a tricky question, but I believe that it can be possible, although I don't want it to happen. In modern olive groves, manual labor was reduced by approximately 70 to 80%. When self-driving vehicles are developed, it will boil down to product handling and technical supervision, consultation, and management! Even technical supervision can be severely reduced with the use of sensors and data loggers. But if we work only with robots, not humans, rural areas will be deserted.