Prefaced by the fact that I know nothing about "what the group thinks" and shudder at the idea...
I think your example of farming doesn't meet the scenario you describe in reality. Your scenario is one of decreased labor and increased quality. The reality in agriculture is that we have decreased labor---that's correct less than 2 percent---but also decreased quality. The food we are eating, to put it plainly, is very low quality food. It is almost wholly processed corn products. "Shit" has too many good connotations to use to describe what we are eating.
You also mentioned "society." You want real society? That is, do you want a society that is sustainable, healthy, and amenable to humans? Then I think what you need are: 1. farmers. 2. doctors. 3. manufacturers of firearms. 4. riflemen. 5. advisers. There are a lot of jobs there. Pick yourself one. But farmers (who produce healthy food, are connected to their land and place, and maintain the fertility of the same) certainly top the list. Read Wendell Berry.
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