WHAT IS BIODYNAMIC AGRICULTURE?
This way of understanding agriculture began in 1924 with a series of eight lectures given by Rudolf Steiner (philosopher 1861- 1925). This emerged in response to a request made by farmers at that time, who noticed some problems concerning soil fertility, and the health and quality of their crops and livestock.
The Greek word bios means life and dynamis means strength. This name is a reference to the fact that biodynamic agriculture builds on respecting the forces of nature in order to ensure soil vitality, and to be able to provide healthy nutrition for people and animals.
Recognizing the devastating impact of synthetic fertilizers, biodynamic agriculture doesn’t rely on them, not only because of their environmentally harmful impact, but also because of the wisdom to know that the Mother Nature provides the best possible tools to nourish crops.
Long before synthetic chemicals began to be used in agriculture, Mother Nature had already provided an intricate web of interdependency and complementary relationships throughout plant and animal life, resulting in healthy and thriving ecosystems and nutritious food, for instance, composting, produced with green manure and plant material, and crop rotation, among other conservationist practices.