WHY DO BIODYNAMICS?
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. Working in harmony with nature is more stimulating for owners and staff, because t avoids the need to perform supposedly efficient but repetitive and dull tasks. Opening endless plastic sacks filled with soluble fertilizer granules is farming which gives the farmer and staff no sense of personal expression in their work. In contrast, making fertility annually by making compost, whose precise composition will vary every season, is a form of creative expression.
2) Biodynamics emphasises self-sufficiency, creating food/wine which tastes of a unique sense of place because Biodynamic farmers have to put more fertility back into their land than they take out as food or wine. Quality crops from enriched land = a win win.
3) Biodynamics re-connects our farms and farmers, our food and thus us to seasonal cycles and natural rhythms that our relentless 24-hour culture emasculates.
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, but as a secularist I prefer to call it feel-good farming & food.
5) Biodynamic techniques like composting, using plant-based teas and other sprays for vine health, and working to celestial cycles are cheap, safe, common-sensical solutions which are 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.