That is why wage slavery should be abolished.
>Could you be a little more specific about the "something" which
>is lost? Surely the "something" is not down to the technology.
By "fulfilling work", I mean work undertaken not under conditions of alienation, not simply changing the technology of farming to allow for more gardening-like activities as opposed to stoop labor or blind mechanical operation (though that is an admirable goal in itself).
Suppose you tailor farm work in an orchard so that the workers are highly educated about the various trees on which they work, and develop their own technologies for picking fruit, for deterring pests, etc., and that they do this in cooperation with workers on other farms. My guess is that the farm work that was thus developed would be far more satisfying than blind operation of machines, and I might even guess that it could be more "productive" per acre, long-term, as one might guess that work under profit-maximizing conditions is fairly constrained to short-term goals.