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Future productivity gains from anticipated new technologies may be large in physical terms but not worth using in an economic sense if demand cannot be stimulated. However, some technological advances that pervade the entire system offer potential savings and profits for consumers and producers alike. Even the ways in which businesses are organized are not exempt from revolutionary changes brought on by automation and the computer.
Communication is an increasingly important managerial focus. Property rights issues between publicly and privately financed research will come increasingly to the forefront.
Contributors to this complex section include: M. Phillips, project director “Technology, Public Policy, and the Changing Structure of American Agriculture” (Office of Technology Assessment, 1986); W.B. Sundquist, “Technology and Productivity Policies for the Future” (ECOP/MSU); B.R. Eddleman, “Research and Development for the Future Farm and Food System” (ECOP/ MSU); L.J. Butler and A.A. Schmid, “Genetic Engineering in the Futures of the Farm and Food System in the U.S.” (ECOP/MSU); W.S. Greig, “Technical Proficiency in Food Processing” (ECOP/MSU); and W.L. Decker, “Implications of Climate Change for 21 st Century Agriculture” (ECOP/MSU).
KeywordsPrivate Sector Productivity Growth Food System Food Processing Trade Secret
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