Biodynamics farming is a growing movement. According to Demeter USA, the nonprofit certifier of biodynamic farms and consumer products, the total acreage for biodynamic farming in the US is increasing because this method, used around the world, works.
If you want to start a garden these days, the single most important and challenging aspect is the soil you grow in.
Our soils are so damaged and depleted of nutrients because commercial agriculture uses fertilizers that only give a few of the basic ingredients necessary to make the plant grow, resulting in minimal plant nutrition. The important point here is that the plants can’t have what the soil doesn’t have.
Over time the evidence is showing up in the human population too. After several generations we now see weakened immune systems, which are also due, in part, to exposure to toxic chemicals from current commercial agriculture practices.
Concerning the nutrient density of food, the University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the December 2004 Journal of the American College of Nutrition, studied the U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from 1950 and 1999.
They found that 43 different vegetables and fruits showed declines in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century.
“Efforts to breed new varieties of crops that provide greater yield, pest resistance and climate adaptability have allowed crops to grow bigger and more rapidly,”said the study researcher, Donald Davis, “but their ability to manufacture or uptake nutrients has not kept pace with their rapid growth.” Magnesium, zinc and vitamins B-6 and E likely had similar declines but they were not studied in 1950.
This study is not alone. There have been others with similar findings. Another study summarized that it would take 8 oranges today to equal the nutrition value of one orange 70-80 year ago.
We can’t afford for this trend to continue.
What can be done? The key to healthier produce is healthier soil.
Biodynamic agriculture is the original “organic” movement in this country before there was any organic certification.
What is biodynamic farming? How is it different from organic farming? Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, introduced biodynamic principles in 1924. The Biodynamic Association was established in 1938. It is the oldest sustainable agriculture nonprofit organization in North America.
In simple terms the Biodynamic method is made up of preparations and the activation of water and the energy in the environment. The preparations are made from herbs, mineral substances and animal manures which are composted and fermented, much like a sourdough starter, or a kombucha culture. They are then prepared to apply as compost or compost teas which are stirred in water to activate and distribute in the field.
Does Biodynamic Agriculture work? I have been farming using this method for over 21 years. I can help you get started.
The Biodynamic methods can be applied effectively by urban, yard farmers and big farm alike.
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