Why Biodynamics?

I am often asked to come up with some good reasons for Biodynamics, so here goes:

1) Biodynamics encourages farmers to become self-reliant, to replace man-made remedies created in distant, polluting, unsustainable factories with home-grown solutions, like composted animal manure for the soil, and remedies made from minerals and plants for the crops. Using plants to cure plants is effective, makes economic sense & makes for safer, more economically viable farms and local communities.

2) Biodynamics emphasises real self-sufficiency, creating food/wine which tastes of a unique sense of place because Biodynamic farmers have to put more fertility in to their bit of land than they take out as food (or wine). Quality crops from enriched land = a win win.

3) Biodynamics re-connects our farms, our farmers, our food and thus us to the kind of seasonal cycles and natural rhythms that our 24-hour culture tends to over-ride. This sensitises both farm and farmer but also ultimately consumers too

4) Biodynamics is the only farming system which sets out explicitly to produce food which stimulates both body and soul, vital for sentient beings like us. Some call this ‘spiritual’ farming and food, I call it feel-good farming & food!

5) Biodynamic techniques like composting, making herb/mineral teas, and working to celestial cycles are cheap, safe, common-sensical and easily applicable to any farm, field or back garden. Biodynamics is not patented, and so is thus available to everyone. Biodynamics can be learnt quickly and universally: by kids, adults, pensioners, rich and poor. Biodynamics is a think-local farming system that is cost-effective, produces high quality food, is inherently sustainable, and–judging by how many high quality biodynamic wines worldwide are now being recognised as having “something extra” in terms of taste–it works.