Biodynamic agriculture is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition. Its founder was the 20th century philosopher, author, social reformer, artist, educator and social activist, Rudolf Steiner. Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility, as much as possible, from within the farm itself.
Preparations made from fermented manure, minerals and herbs are used to help to restore and harmonize the vital life forces of the farm and to enhance the nutrition, quality and flavour of the food grown. Biodynamic farmers also recognise and strive to work with the subtle influences of the wider cosmos upon soil, plant and animal health.
Biodynamic initiatives seek to embody the ‘triple bottom line’ approaches of ecological, social and economic well-being, which were taken from Steiner’s insights into social and economic life, as well as agriculture (Biodynamic Association USA website). The biodynamic approach is not just a holistic agricultural system, but also a potent movement for new thinking and practices in all aspects of life connected to food, agriculture and people.
For further information about Biodynamic Agriculture:
Biodynamic Association (UK)
Biodynamic Association (USA)