A couple thoughts from way back in May 2014:
Linear design seems to be the only possible option in a production system, either agricultural or industrial.
One task or item after another must be performed in a linear sequence down a linear path in order to increase production. The higher production levels grow in a system, the better their economic efficiencies become.
This all seems straightforward. But economic and ecologic systems are not always in accordance. An economical benefit can demonstrably decrease the ecological productivity of a landscape, albeit productivity that we may not be able to liquidate into a cash flow.
If that sounds somewhat heartless, then perhaps it is. If we were to place value on ecological capital, we may have to reconfigure our whole accounting. But in social reality in which we live, we have to play the game according to the rules of the private economy, or else delve into other sources of funding, like the government, non-profits, or private investors.
In any case, a linear system seems to be the one type of system with a proven track record. It is the type of system that everyone understands: The type that will get funded, the type of that will profit most.
And to add to that now, at 5:30 AM on January 22, 2015:
Is it possible to step outside the linear paradigm, can we build systems in mosaics, whether it be wild patches or even precise chaos? I am fascinated by this concept, because it seems so contrary to the basic agricultural process.