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Biodynamic or organic farming?

23 January 2017

The pleasure of healthy eating

Biodynamic or organic farming? This is the problem! Ecosustainable agriculture and organic foods are often mentioned. In our previous articles we wrote about organic farming trying to promote the positive aspects of this system, but here we are going to explain what “biodynamic farming” means and which features differentiate it from the organic one.

Both found on the same principle, that is respect of nature and they are associated since biodynamic farming is based on organic farming, but the first one comes from a holistic concept elaborated by the philosopher Rudolf Steiner. It is a method based on science and spiritual observation of nature.

The basic thought is that everything is not a single isolated element but all is interconnected with complex relations. From here the idea for which an ecosustainable farm must be in close relationship with the surrounding environment, with the Earth and cosmos. Then another aspect to consider in biodynamic is that plants, compost, animals, farms are living beings.

One of the main features of biodymanic farming is that it is against the chemical fertilizing. Natural substances like manure and plant essences are used to make rich the soil. Another important aspect to respect is the rhythm of nature and cosmos, for that in biodynamic sowing seasons have to follow an exact calendar.

Crop rotation is fundamental as well. As biodynamic farming does not use chemical substances to fertilize the soil it also avoids pesticides. The natural green solution to protect the cultivations is the crop rotation which allows to prevent the development of diseases, to preserve the fertility of the soil and to make the production more regular.