7/23/15: NEC w/Robert Young, Amercian Farm Bureau Federation

  • 23 Jul 2015
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Chinatown Garden, 618 H St NW Washington DC (Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown)


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Robert Young

Chief Economist

American Farm Bureau Federation

"Luddites, Anti-Vaccers and Modern Agriculture: Economic Implications of Technology Rejection"

While willing to adopt all the latest technology in everything from smart phones to self-driving cars, from medical care to financial derivatives there is a strong movement afoot to reject modern agricultural practices.  Consumers in large numbers are willing to spend billions of dollars to purchase food products that have been shown to have no inherent benefits over identical lower priced items. Longstanding knowledge of food safety risks associated with raw milk is rejected out of hand. This denunciation of technology has major economic implications for future food production. In many ways this attitude will set up serious consequences for the developing world.  This presentation will review some past technology rejection events, look at the market forces enhancing this rebuff and discuss the implications for future food production.


Bob joined American Farm Bureau Federation in 2003 as the Chief Economist, providing analysis of short-term issues in support of the policy implementation effort of the Federation.  In 2013, Bob took on the added responsibility as Deputy Director of the Public Policy Department, helping to coordinate the overall advocacy work of the Federation.  Dr Young came to Farm Bureau from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute or FAPRI where he was Co-Director from 1991 through 2003.  Bob served as the Chief Economist of the United State Senate Committee on Agriculture from 1987 through 1991. Bob has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri, with a B.S. and M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Missouri as well.

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