11-26-2016, 08:51 AM
Nope. The same way the automated bread factory has not completely replaced local bakeries. If you want uniform product at the lowest input costs then increasing automation is the way to go. An anhydrous ethanol dilution in a saline drip through an IV is the most cost effective way to get drunk, yet people still drink beer and wine. (Don't even get started on "craft brewing")
Automation in agriculture will lead plant developers to produce individual cultivars that are optimized for mechanical rigors and sensor limitations. Skins will be thickened and color change at ripening selected for uniformity. While automated apple orchards will strive for the perfect consumer apple,
there will be those who will sell you thin skinned, heirloom apples that have a short storage half-life for premium prices.