Jun 6, 2005
Technology Schools Columnist
The concern that we have over the well-being of our farmers has had a tendency to overshadow the damage that is being done to the environment by today's larger "factory" farms. Biodynamic farming is one excellent solution, a holistic solution that takes into consideration quality of produce, yield, soil, and ecological health.
As a result of a series of eight lectures given in 1924 by Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian scientist and philosopher, the concept of biodynamic farming was born. Mr. Steiner held firmly to his beliefs that the planet Earth and all inhabitants profit best when viewed as a single huge organism.
Keeping an eye to the well-being of each component, from the tiniest of organisms, plant life, animals, humans, and the earth itself is the basis for biodynamic farming.
Putting it into Perspective: Facts to Consider about Soil
- Soil is a non-renewable resource.
- 40 - 50% of the organic matter in the top 6 inches of topsoil has been lost through 70 - 80 years of fallow farming practices.
- A minute teaspoon of healthy topsoil contains over 2 billion microorganisms. That number exceeds the human population of the earth.
- If you are able to see soil blowing it translates to the loss of at least 5 tons of topsoil per acre.
- Most antibiotics are created from soil microorganisms.
Putting the importance of "dirt" into perspective helps us to see why biodynamic farming is a concept worthy of greater study. Steiner was one who understood and studied the way that the whole of reality plays a part in life and growth here of planet Earth.
The influence of the lunar cycle and biorhythms are significant in timing application of green fertilizer, planting, harvesting��� all aspects of biodynamic farming. This attitude of awareness gives the greatest benefit to all concerned.
About the Author
Angelique Gervais owns and operates a graphic design business serving rural areas in Northern Saskatchewan, Canada. She recently completed editing and compiling an anthology for her local Writers��" Group, of which she is an active member. Angelique holds a degree in Biblical Studies, and she is currently expanding her education in the areas of psychology and human development at the Masters level.