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We can look at any industry and see automation, maybe not true 100 percent robots in that sense, but computerization of equipment and tasks for improved productivity. The agricultural, dairy and meat industries have come a long way in harvesting grains, vegetables and fruits with machines, milking cows and processing the milk with machines, and butchering cattle in an assembly line. Countless workers have lost their jobs. You can Google any facet of the above and find YouTube videos of the machines in action.
One activity that has thus far eluded them is apple picking for the sale of apples in grocery stores (as opposed to making cider). But soon even those apples will be hand picked with care by machines and for good reason:
The rise of the apple picking robots
There aren't enough migrant workers to pick apples for supermarkets.
"In combination with the decrease in immigration from Mexico, farm labor has been lacking for years. “Labor has been a challenge,” says David Douglas of Douglas Fruit. “There aren’t enough local workers. And it’s no secret that the majority of the work has been done by Hispanics.”"
Small orchards will probably still employ apple picking workers, but eventually once the technology advances further, even they will either have to adapt or be put out of business. Consider this:
“1,500 years ago, 50 percent of the population worked in agriculture. Now, only 2 percent do." That last 2 percent includes apple pickers today.