A great piece from The New York Times revealing a worrisome divide in our culture and the food movement. Many believe that scaled-high technology is the silver bullet that will save the world by transforming fundamental systems. Food and agriculture in one of the places the techno fix is being prescribed. Kimbal Musk, brother of Elon of car and rocket fame, in among the leading evangelists and entrepreneurs who believes scaled-tech is the answer. As he says in the piece, "If you can’t scale, it doesn’t matter.” We appreciate Kimbal's dedication to food system transformation. Few high tech moguls or mavens have committed as much mindshare and assets to this existential challenge. But we offer a caution. When speaking of a complex (way more than man-made machine) biologically-based agro-ecological system, scaling is a potential problem. Industrial agriculture's core dysfunction is its scaled-monocultural approach. Industrial production lines to pump out iPhone and autos eliminate variance so all parts fit together to ensure efficient profit making. Scaled monocultures in plants or livestock are an attempt to do the same. But they destroy ecological diversity, which is the key to the resilience of nature. Nature thrives on variance of gene expression. The variety ensures long-term survival of a species. So in an agroeclogical food system scaling must be re-conceived. It can be done, however. A good example is Laguna Blanca in the Entre Rios provence in Argentina. Founded by the late Doug Tompkins, Laguna Blanca is a scaled polycultural agricultural operation. But we must begin to think about how to apply scale to localized food system. They cannot be cookie cutter, but it is advisable that they have food a hub for small producers to aggregate production, local processing for meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables in order to feed our school kids, hospitals, homes for the aged and the incarcerated. We need all season farmers market facilities where growing season support it and local marketing and ag land protection. Scaling the approach is needed, but not exact replication. Scaling the farms and the companies is a more delicate challenge given the problem with wealth concentration, monoculture and food sovereignty.