Sorry, but backbreaking work in the fields is not seen as progress by any developing or developed country. If farming with modern techniques is an evil, it's still preferable to mankind having to do more work for less benefit. Much of my family right now is dealing with unemployment, but there are certain jobs they will not stoop to because it contradicts everything that was promised about life in today's high-tech world getting steadily more leisurely.
This is fundamental to the problems of "developed" nations. Food is essential to our lives, and people who grow and harvest food should be regarded as champions, and held in high regard for looking after (working with) the land that we rely upon. We who live in cities (most of the "civilised" population) are disconnected with the earth we depend on; we are surrounded by a man-made world that disrespects the mother that nurtures us, and promotes concepts that feed racketeers with money. Most people in these cities break their backs or psyche doing "work" that is in no way directly relevant to fostering quality life.
We should be living a lot closer to our food growing areas. Look at Cuba and its inspirational urban gardening structure.