In spite of continuing national trends toward increased consumption of specialty foods, agronomists in the Midwest foresee a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples: feed corn and hard red wheat.
(A) a gradual reversion to the raising of agricultural staples
(D) a gradual reversion to raise agricultural staples
which one is right and why?
I will go with D
My guess: Gerunds are preferred in actual, vivid or fulfilled actions whereas Infinitives are preferred in potential, hypothetical or future events.
SC experts correct me if I am wrong!