What is Organic & Biodynamic?

Tuesday July 23, 2013

Organic and biodynamic farming take a holistic approach to agriculture. They emphasise the interrelationships of the soil, plants & animals. Both types of farming are free of synthetic chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified organisms, and both strive to create a diversified & balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself. Both believe that by focusing on soil health first, the health of the plant follows.

Like with the human beings, if you treat your body firstly in terms of disease prevention, you are less likely to ever need interventionist medicine. Both farming methods aim to achieve the same outcome where prevention of disease, and focus on health, enhance the nutrition, quality and flavour of the food being raised. And this is a great benefit to us.

Biodynamic agriculture is an extended version of organic agriculture, which emphasises not only the interrelationships of the soil, plants & animals, but takes into account the solar system as well. Biodynamics draws upon the work of the Austrian writer, educator and social activist Dr.Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Specifically prepared preparations made from farm-sourced minerals and herbs – very similar to homeopathy action games download – are used as field sprays. The preparations numbered 500 to 507 and used in conjunction with established agricultural practices also used in organic farming, such as composting and manuring, crop and pasture rotations, tree planting, the integrated use of livestock, work directly with the ‘cosmic rhythms’ (or as the name suggests ‘dynamic biological processes’), which are the basis of soil fertility. ‘Cosmic rhythms,’ – the different phases or cycles of the sun, moon, planets, and stars determine both the quantity and quality of their light that reaches plants. By paying close attention to a very detailed planting calendar, biodynamic farmers are given precise dates and times for everything from the best time to apply pest controls to optimum dates and hours for harvesting.

Today, the organic & biodynamic movements encompass thousands of successful gardens, farms, vineyards and agricultural operations of all kinds and sizes on all continents, in a wide variety of ecological and economic settings. And in the face of climate change, the growth of biodynamic and organic farming practice becomes increasingly important. Both have been found to be more resilient to environmental challenges (in particular drought), to foster a diverse ecosystems, and to be very energy efficient. For more reasons to buy organic & biodynamic, click here.