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Adam Davidson is a host and co-founder of the NPR feature Planet Money. In regular reports on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and This American Life, as well as through its blog and biweekly podcasts, Planet Money helps listeners understand how economic changes affect their livesâ€”and does so in a way that is consistently engaging and accessible.
Before that, he was an international business and economics correspondent for NPR. He also served as Middle East correspondent for PRI's Marketplace and spent a year in Baghdad, from 2003 to 2004, where his reporting on corruption in the US occupation attracted widespread attention.
Davidson has won every major award in broadcast journalism, including the Peabody, the DuPont-Columbia, and the Polk. His documentary on the housing crisis, "The Giant Pool of Money," was named one of the decade's top ten works of journalism by New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
Planet Money host Adam Davidson reports on the surprising success of the cotton industry despite the economic recession. He says technological innovation makes cotton production so efficient in the United States, that we export cotton thread to China for the manufacture of clothing.
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In economics and sociology, the activities and labour necessary for the survival of society. As early as 40,000 BC, hunters worked in groups to track and kill animals, while younger or weaker members of the tribe gathered food. When agriculture replaced hunting and gathering, the resulting surplus of food allowed early societies to develop and some of its members to pursue crafts such as pottery, weaving, and metallurgy. Historically, rigid social hierarchies caused nobles, clergy, merchants, artisans, and peasants to pursue occupations defined largely by hereditary social class. Craft guilds, influential in the economic development of medieval Europe, limited the supply of labour in each profession and controlled production. The establishment of towns led to the creation of new occupations in commerce, law, medicine, and defense. The coming of the Industrial Revolution, spurred by technological advances such as steam power, changed working life profoundly. Factories divided the work once done by a single craftsman into a number of distinct tasks performed by unskilled or semiskilled workers (seedivision of labour). Manufacturing firms grew larger in the 19th century as standardized parts and machine tools came into use, and ever-more-specialized positions for managers, supervisors, accountants, engineers, technicians, and salesmen became necessary. The trend toward specialization continued into the 21st century, giving rise to a number of disciplines concerned with the management and design of work, including production management, industrial relations, personnel administration, and systems engineering. By the turn of the 21st century, automation and technology had spurred tremendous growth in service industries.
When I come across such talks, I often wonder why the US does not aggressively export expertise and products in high tech areas to emerging markets (with proper trade agreements and safeguards in place).
Of note, is the segment in which the speaker talks about the US cotton industry. Due to the superior technology, 1 farmer in the US can produce the same output as 800 farmers in China or India. In other words, 800 people put together do not earn as much as the US farmer.
Adopting these technologies, can increase the earnings of farmers in countries such as India where I belong, prevent suicides (farmer suicides are rampant) and their children can go to school. The transfer of expertise and high tech machinery will create real jobs in the US with no additional burden on its debt and the entire world can have access to better yet cheaper cotton and cotton products.
Not silk because the men with the money already have cotton farms.
And who cares about an old hat? I want a tastier slab of steak, good drugs, green grass, and no flees on my dogs.
Most of all I don't want someone who I don't know, and think is crazy, telling me my math was wrong.
There is no such thing as magic. It's witchery I say.
lol, magic. what next god? pfsst...
And why not silk? Silk from wild USA native insects now that technology offers a way to soak the wild cocoons and use the silk? And USE dna to make the silk have the color, brighness, dullness, optics etcetera that we want.
Why stop? Maybe sheep that have spider silk like fleece?
Virus me this, Virus me that
With DNA we can make any old hat!
You want a pink kitten, a five fingered mitten
All the magic has not yet been written!