In many parts of the world, agriculture has been marked by increased productivity. And yet, that alone has not been enough to eradicate hunger globally.
There's also been a backlash against the external environmental impact of conventional agriculture, leading to powerful movements in favor of organic and sustainable farming.
Farming is a big part of life in Northern Ireland. Around 48,000 people are employed in the sector and total gross output for agriculture last year reached more than 2 billion euros. But the industry is at risk. A loss of EU subsidies and the threat of a hard border with the Republic of Ireland has Northern Irish farmers concerned.