“The real problem of food production occurs within a complex, mutually influential relationship of soil, plants, animals, and people. A real solution to that problem will therefore be ecologically, agriculturally, and culturally healthful. ...A good solution improves the balances, symmetries, or harmonies within a pattern—it is a qualitative solution—rather than enlarging or complicating some part of a pattern at the expense or in neglect of the rest.”

—Wendell Berry, Solving for Pattern (1980)