When we begin to rationalize industry organically, that is to say, with reference to the entire social situation, and with reference to the worker himself in all his biological capacities-not merely with reference to the crude labor product and an extraneous ideal of mechanical efficiency-the worker and his education and his environment become quite as important as the commodity he produces. We already acknowledge this principle on the negative side when we prohibit cheap lead glazes in pottery manufacture because the worker’s health is undermined by their use: but it has a positive  application as well. Not merely should we prohibit work that is bad for the health: we should promote work that is good for the health. It is on these grounds that agriculture and our rural regions may presently get back part of the population that was originally sucked into the villes tentaculaires by the machine. (Mumford 1934:413-4)
MUMFORD, Lewis. 1934. Technique and civilization. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company.