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People’s image of farming is a complete fantasy

From Lucy Siegl in The Guardian:

“[Patrick] Holden’s day job, for 15 years, was heading the UK’s premier organic food charity, the Soil Association, with Prince Charles among his green pals during critical years for British food. While he was in charge, the charity’s staff rose from five to over 180, and sales of organic produce in the UK grew from £50m to £2bn. But when he retired in 2011, handing over the reins to fellow farmer Helen Browning, he’d had his fill of that organic binary system where you’re either certified, or you’re not. He astounded conventional farmers when – on his way out at the Soil Association – he more or less apologised for an ‘us’ and ‘them’ system of food production. “Perhaps we have upset the conventional farming community by continually saying we were right and they were wrong,” Holden said at the Wales Organic Producers’ Conference in October 2010. “We should not be out there thinking and talking of ourselves as organic farmers, because that separates us from the rest of the farming community.” Continue reading

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Biodynamic farming, and a new doc on “The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner”

Although the above film clip is specifically about Biodynamic farming, the 3 hour documentary it’s part of, is about the life and work of Rudolf Steiner. Biodynamics is the method of farming which Ontario raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt uses. And although Rudolf Steiner never specifically advocated raw milk, pasteurizing milk had not been developed back in the early 1920s when Steiner gave his “Agriculture Course”, a series of lectures from which present day biodynamic farming practices have evolved. Of course not all biodynamic dairy farmers are involved in raw milk. Continue reading

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“Queen of the Sun” movie about bees screening in Toronto, August 5-12th

This movie will be shown at the Toronto Underground Cinema, Aug 5-12:

About the film:

In 1923, Rudolf Steiner, a scientist, philosopher & social innovator, predicted that in 80 to 100 years honeybees would collapse. His prediction has come true with Colony Collapse Disorder, where bees are disappearing in mass numbers from their hives with no clear single explanation. Continue reading

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Raw milk’s role in engendering forces within the human being that can then be used for “psychic” healing

The subject of spiritual healing is a huge topic. While perusing a book on the subject recently (“Spirit Healing” by Bob Woodward) I was intrigued to encounter the following passage, attributed to Rudolf Steiner, who is otherwise known for his role in founding Biodynamic farming:

From a lecture titled “Problems of Nutrition“:

“Weak as well as strong organisms can gain support from milk. If a person were to live exclusively on milk for a time, then not only would his regular forces be awakened but it would also go beyond this. He would receive from it an influx of forces giving him additional strength. A surplus of forces would be acquired that could be developed into healing forces. In order to possess a force, it must first be acquired, and in milk we see one means of developing certain forces in ourselves. Those who are moved by the earnestness of life to develop certain psychic healing forces, can train themselves to attain them. Naturally we must remember that what is suitable for one, is not suitable for all. This is a manner for the individual. One person is able to do it, another not.” Continue reading

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“Voodoo on the Vine” — S.F. Weekly

Images and captions from SF Weekly

Here are some excerpts from a recent story in the San Francisco Weekly Dining section about Biodynamic farming as it applies to grape growing and wine making.

Explaining Biodynamics to journalists is always fraught with the potential for misunderstanding, and it’s no surprise that the writer of this piece, Joe Eskenazi fails to grasp the underlying philosophy, and many of the subtle underlying concepts and hasn’t undertaken the necessary research to be able  to credit biodynamics with much in the way of scientific backing.

Still, what’s interesting here is that biodynamics in grape growing is increasing in popularity, and that this writer is willing to explore biodynamic practices, unusual as they may seem, in considerable detail. Continue reading

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