If you’re a little hazy about just what biodynamic is, you’d be forgiven. Is it organic? Something to do with the lunar cycles?
Well, we delved into biodynamic research to bring you the answers…
What is biodynamic?
In a nutshell:
It’s a growing methodology that promotes harmony with nature, healthful crops and biodiversity.
A little more detailed:
It’s a holistic, ethical approach to agriculture pioneered by Rudolph Steiner in the 1920s in reaction to the industrialisation of agricultural practices.
Steiner was alarmed at the increasing devastation of topsoil health with the introduction of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The quality of produce and livestock were affected, and the long term sustainability and benefit of intensive farming methods were called into question.
In Steiner’s philosophy, the farm is a living organism. All components must operate in a harmonious and self-sufficient manner. The name ‘Biodynamic’ comes from two Greek words: bios meaning life, and dynamos meaning energy. Makes sense, right?
How do biodynamic farms achieve this?
Through crop rotation, biodynamic composting preparations and a prohibition of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
It’s one of the most successful and sustainable forms of organic agriculture today! And – truly – it’s the polar opposite of conventional farming methods where profits are prioritised over planetary health.
Steiner was a proponent of certain spiritual and homeopathic methods (such as following a lunar cycle and using herbal and animal preparations in composting). While this is scoffed at, for many growers, a personal connection with their land is essential. If you’ve ever tended to your own piece of land, you have an idea of just how deep a connection goes! Plus, biodynamic herbal compost preparations contain the nutrients and chemical composition needed for healthy soil for plants to thrive in.
Why is it better than conventional farming practices?
Topsoil is precious. It’s the reason we have food to eat. It’s the reason we can exist.
There is, however, a limited amount of topsoil to feed, well – everyone.
Biodynamic farms hold a powerful stance in a corporate world that prioritises agribusinesses, where intensive farming practices leave this soil depleted of essential nutrients.
Biodynamic yield will probably never feed the masses as crop yield will never match those of industrial farms. But, with the philosophy feed your neighbor (or, the Sussex community), you can do a pretty good job…
So, is it ‘organic’?
Yes! Biodynamic food is organic – plus more.
Synthetic fertilizers and pesticides are prohibited in biodynamic farms. And, while organic certified produce allows the use of organic imported fertilisers, biodynamic growing methods require a farm to produce its own fertility, through composting and crop rotation.
Whatsmore, 10% of a biodynamic farm acreage must be set aside for the sole purpose of biodiversity!
What do we think is the best benefit here at Fin and Farm?
The best thing? The taste and quality of produce – it’s like homegrown! Rich and healthy soil does have definite impact…
What biodynamic veg do we have right now at Fin and Farm?
Right now, we’ve got a whole array of incredible, beautiful biodynamic veg on offer!
What do you think? Let us know in the comments, or on twitter, facebook or instagram! (@finandfarm)