The Resilient Farm and Homestead, by Ben Falk, M.A.L.D.
An Innovative Permaculture and Whole Systems Design Approach
Pg 16 excerpt:
Such is the power-and imperative-of biological
systems: They are the only means we have of sidestepping
entropy, at least for significant periods of time, on
this planet. That's what tips the balance; it all comes
down to capture, storage, and transfer. The most
functional human-land arrangement is the one that
can harvest the most sunlight, moisture, atmospheric
fertility, and biological energies, then accrue that value
for the longest period of time while converting some of
it into products and services that other living things,
such as humans, can feed on. Biological systems do this
very well, while nonliving mechanical systems cannot.