Beresford, Tristram.  Limits of Efficiency

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The current idea of agricultural efficiency, which is fashionable today that is to say makes the headlines, hits the viewing peaks, sells the gadgetry, and commands popular respect, -- appears to me to rest on three propositions: one, that farming is not a primary industry, but a disguised secondary one, concerned with objects, things, artifacts, and therefore just another industrial process; two, that since properties of these objects are ascertainable by analysis, we can practise agriculture as if it were a scientific discipline; three, that because one and two are self-evident truths, there is no room in the farming of tomorrow for anyone who thinks differently.