Agriculture Course: The Birth of the Biodynamic Method : Eight Lectures Given in Koberwitz, Silesia, Between 7 and 16 June 1924
With these talks, Steiner created and launched ?biodynamic? farming?a form of agriculture that has come to be regarded as the best organically produced food. However, the agriculture Steiner speaks of here is much more than organic?it involves working with the cosmos, with the earth, and with spiritual beings. To facilitate this, Steiner prescribes specific ?preparations? for the soil, as well as other distinct methods born from his profound understanding of the material and spiritual worlds. He presents a comprehensive picture of the complex dynamic relationships at work in nature and gives basic indications of the practical measures needed to bring them into full play.
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We live in a world in which we expect a scientist to put the world under a microscope and come up with answers for us. That leaves most people completely un prepared for Steinerís look at agriculture, because he puts the world of agriculture under a macroscope and comes up with answers for us: how we should farm, how we should nourish our plants, how we should eliminate weeds and insects, and how we should schedule our activities in synchronism with the moon, planets, and stars which comprise the macrocosm in which we live and breathe.
What is a macroscope? Itís a name I coined for Steinerís technique of looking at the big picture, explaining how to understand agriculture holistically. Contrast Steinerís approach to that of the horticulturist with a microscope identifying minute parts of plants or a chromatograph to identify minute percentages of zinc or lithium or silica, etc, and prescribing chemical sprays to combat fungi and wilt, insecticides to combat pests, and herbicides to kill weeds.
What do we see when we put our eyes to Steinerís macroscope and peer through its lenses? Marvelous things! Breathtaking things!
We see that there are no unhealthy plants, only unhealthy soil; no weeds to be killed, only healthy plants where we donít want them to be; no insect pests, only insects that are attracted to feed on plants made weak by chemical fertilizing. We see how to treat soil to make it healthy so that fungi, mildew, wilt, rot, and other so-called plant diseases rarely happen in our gardens, and are immediately remedied when they do appear. We see how to make our garden unattractive to insect pests and weeds. And best of all we see how healthy the food we eat from our garden makes us.
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