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Biodynamic agriculture was developed in 1924 by Rudolph Steiner in response to questions he was asked by farmers who were concerned about loss of fertility in their soils and livestock and the declining nutrition in foods.
Regarded by some as the first modern ecological farming system, biodynamic farming treats farms as unified and individual organisms, emphasizing balancing the holistic development and interrelationship of the soil, plants and animals as a closed, self-nourishing system.
It includes organic agriculture's emphasis on manures and composts and the exclusion of the use of artificial chemicals on soil and plants, and prescribes additional treatment and practices. These additional treatments and practices include the use of fermented herbal and mineral preparations, and animal manure extracts as compost additives and field sprays, and the use of an astronomy based sowing and planting calendar.
There are two main preparations, which should be used in conjunction, as they are complimentary. They are BD500 which works on the soil biology, and BD501 which enhances flavour and improves shelf life.
Weeds and pests are very useful indicators of imbalances in soil, plants and animals; and the aim in the Biodynamic method is to use such indicators in a positive way. Biodynamic pest and disease control is generally managed by developing the farm as a total organism. When intervention is required we use specific products for weed and pest control, which are often made from the weeds and pests themselves.
Biodynamic practitioners seek to understand and work with the life processes as well as enhance the life force of the farm. This “life force” in the soil, plants and animals is what the peasant farmers of old and the ancients understood, and we feel, is generally lacking today - “life force” is the goal that goes beyond just “nutrition”.
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Australian Certified Organic (ACO)
Australian Certified Organic (ACO) is Australia's largest certifier of organic and biodynamic produce. For more information on ACO certification, please visit their website www.aco.net.au
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- Agriculture, Rudolph Steiner
- Biodynamic Agriculture - Introductory Lectures Vol 1&2, Alex Podolinksky
- A Biodynamic Farm, Hugh Lovel