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Biology of Biodynamics

What is biodynamics? Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition.
Origin of Biodynamics..
In the early 1920’s, a group of practicing farmers, concerned with the decline in the health of soils, plants and animals , sought the advice of Rudolf Steiner, founder of Anthroposophy (a spiritual philosophy found by Rudolf that postulates the existence of an objective, intellectually comprehensible spiritual world that is accessible by direct experience through inner development), Rudolf a scientist who spent his most of the life in researching and investigating the subtle forces in the nature.
Then after many conferences held at Koberwitz, Germany (Poland) in 1924 June, then at that conference emerged the Fundamental principles of Biodynamic farming and gardening.
This approach has been developed in many parts of world ever since .Dr. Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, who worked with Dr.steiner during the formative period, brought biodynamics concepts to the United States in 1930’s.
Then after in 1938 Biodynamic association was founded.
After 1st world war there was an unbearable effect on agriculture crop and production, so Steiner made a great effort in Biodynamic agriculture to save plants, animals and crop through spiritual, ethos and myth concept consideration.
Even some Sanskrit books has a written concepts of biodynamics in their books.
Biodynamic agriculture:
Biodynamic agriculture is almost similar to organic farming linked with spiritual force of energy, Kirchmann (1994) said that “To influence organic life on earth through cosmic and terrestrial forces”, what happens is in simple way some substances like Cow horn, silica, organs of animals etc. are used.
Briefly, two compounds are prepared by packing cow manure ( preparation BD 500) or silica (preparation BD 501) into cow horns, then buried for a number of months before the contents are swirled (to move in circles) in warm water and then applied to the field.
Cow horns are utilized as Antennae for receiving and focusing cosmic forces (that becomes are transformed into cosmic energy), which are transferred to the materials inside. The other compounds like preparation 502-507 are extracts of various plant either packed into the skulls or organs of animals (i.e. deer bladders, cow peritonea and intestines) or into a peat or manure, where they are aged before being diluted and applied to compost.
The chemical elements contained in these preparations were said to be carriers of “terrestrial and cosmic forces” and would impact these forces to crops and thus to the humans that consume them.
Biodynamics is a scientifically sound approach to sustainable management of plant systems”.
Ref: The myth of Biodynamic agriculture (Linda Chalker-Scott).
REF:>learn-more> bio…>browse>biodynamics.

Written by,
Yasaswini Musalamadugu,
Student of 4th semester


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