Thought provoking blog by David Salt — go check out the original, too! David Salt is co-author of Resilience Thinking (with Brian Walker) and Resilience Practice (also with Brian Walker).

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I stumbled onto an intriguing documentary on SBS TV last week called America Revealed. It purports to provide amazing insights on how our complex world works (specifically the complex world of America) by examining it from multiple scales and through the lens of a systems analysis. It truly was amazing in terms of its visual impact but it left me gasping at all the things it didn’t say. The episode I saw was called the Food Machine and explored America’s agricultural system. It explored how this ‘machine’ feeds nearly 300 million Americans every day. It depicted the triumph of science and technology over adversity, and suggested increases in efficiency and control were the answer to all our problems.

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