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01/24/2017

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Jennifer Shriver

Extremely cogent, concise, and clear summary of these first couple of chapters, and I appreciate your focus on how systems thinking can inform and assist the practice of decision-makers seeking to support and sustain nature's systems.

An intriguing concept: delays in feedback to flows can allow a long-term, constant harvest. Even nonrenewable stocks produce steadily for a large extent of time, at a 1% increase in capital.

The models demonstrate a kind of information that could suffuse the network: patience; caution; steadiness.

In my history of farmers -- my great grandfather was one, after completing his seven years as an indentured servant, to pay for his passage from Ireland, in flight from the British, and my mother grew up on his farm -- there's a connection with the land, an unearned and unavoidable learning of pace and patience, sun and rain, taught by the growing time of living things, where the relationships and information in the network having priority.

Many of our farmers today are primarily affected by economic systems that push them toward GMOs and factory farming, and by the USDA and cooperative extension services, which tend to support agro-business. Our farming communities can be isolated, mechanical, and lacking in educational and cultural enrichment that could lead to a renewed connection with the systems of nature that support us.

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