- Biodynamics is an
approach to agriculture based on a concept of life forces. These forces
work in nature to bring about balance and healing. Biodynamics combines
"biological" agriculture with an understanding of "dynamic" ecological
systems. If there is a "conventional" school of organic agriculture
today, it practices "biological" farming. The term biodynamic was coined
by Steiner's adherents.
- A central aspect of
biodynamics is that the farm as a whole is seen as an organism, and
therefore should be a closed self-nourishing system. Biodynamic wines
are those made using the principles of biodynamic agriculture. In most
cases, however, one speaks of wine made from biodynamic grapes, rather
than of biodynamic wine. Increasingly these are becoming known as BD
farming uses natural compost to promote beneficial bacteria and
build up and maintain stable humus in the soil; this soil vitality
supports the quality and health of the plants that grow in it. At
Grgich Hills, we have found that biodynamic farming is perfectly
suited to growing top quality grapes.
gardening is a variant of organic gardening as we know it. All
organic methods exclude the use of chemical fertilizers and
pesticides, and their first priority is the quality and vitality of
the soil. We all believe that horticulture must be ecologically
based and the environment free from contamination. Biodynamic
concepts include the influence of the moon and cosmic forces on
- Ceágo Vinegarden
is all about blending old
technologies with the new. An organic or biodynamic
agricultural operation like Ceágo Vinegarden has limited options for
treating pests, mold or other diseases. Adjustments can be made more
quickly and efficiently to schedule cultural practices or
irrigation. Sugar analysis is another option, and it can be tracked
through each vine. The system also has the ability to send out
warnings to a cell phone and to activate the irrigation system.
- A technique is
founded upon the assumption that the fertility of the soil depends
upon an ample supply of organic matter and on maintaining high
levels of humus that assumption is based upon knowledge of sciences
of the soil, soil microbiology, and vegetable physiology,.
Biodynamics depends on soil enrichment through regular crop
rotations. Different food crops, cover crops, as well as leaving
land fallow or wild all helps to maintain healthy soils. Crop
rotation with biodynamics encourages beneficial insects, reduces
compaction, and recycles nutrients.
- Yet many organic
farmers fear that if Walmart taps their market sector it will lead
to price cutting in a tight market for food that is more
labor-intensive to produce and for which there is currently a
greater demand than the existing supply.
More farmers would certainly “go organic” to meet this demand with
the increased market share. There are currently more then 40
biodynamic farms in Canada and there are now biodynamic agricultural
societies in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec.
- When the
unaccounted environmental costs of modern agricultural inputs are
added to the increasing, high energy, material costs of chemical
farming it becomes apparent that biodynamics is the most efficient
option for agricultural production as well as for the environment.
It needs to be stated that biodynamic inputs have minimal
environmental and production costs.
- A biodynamic
market place accessible on one website was created earlier this year
and is becoming a much appreciated resource for both consumers and
retail buyers. It is still under development but will help to
service the growing market interest in Demeter products. That site
growth has been particularly strong in the Severn valley region.
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