Did you know at one point in time Organic Food was simply referred to as food... Yes… that's it, food. You know what they say... If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, in the age of genetic engineering, it might not be a duck... Ha!
It’s amazing how rapidly things have changed over the past couple of decades. Today we have exotic, factory produced, genetically modified foods that fill our super-sized grocery stores… Sighhh! Please don't get me wrong, I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a soft spot for Doritos and Ben & Jerry's. However the truth is, they both make me feel terrible after I finish eating them.
Good food is not suppose to make you feel lethargic or depressed, it should be reinvigorating... No wonder why we're blogging about Biodynamic farming and its reemergence! Biodynamic farming may seem like a new technology, however the idea was developed in the early 1920’s by an Austrian Doctor, Rudolf Steiner.
"Biodynamic Farming is essentially a spiritual, ethical, ecological approach to agriculture, food production, and nutrition."
It’s basically one big life circle, relying upon the idea that everything on earth exists harmoniously when properly supported and nourished…. Seems legit to us! (Side Note - Ever see the documentary Home? If not, check it out…)
Okay, so in order to become a certified Biodynamic Farm, the farm must already be certified organic. A dual edged sword in some opinions. The additional certifications do indeed contain a level of bureaucracy, however during these times when many of us are unable to distinguish the difference between “food like products” and “real food,” I’m all for it! Will it cost more, maybe slightly... Is it worth it, of course!
Here is a great example of a Biodynamic Pyramid. This should explain some of the fundamental principles behind this methodology. *Pyramid designed by Benziger Winery (Yes we do drink Organic Wine, wink)!
The 7 Building Blocks of Biodynamic Farming and Gardening (Starting from the Top of the pyramid):
- Spirit - Through awareness, practice, and intuition we connect with the spirit of the land.
- Working with The Rhythms of Nature - All plants evolve with an intimate connection to their environment, including the movement of the sun, the seasons and lunar cycles.
- Biodynamic Preparations - The eight preparations regulate and stimulate the life processes in plants and grapevines, connecting them to a site.
- Closed Nutrient System - All organic waste is recycled through composting, encouraging the growth of indigenous yeasts and bacteria that ultimately contribute to farm individuality.
- Self-Regulating Systems - A healthy and diverse habitat of plants, animals and micro-organisms leads to a self-regulating system of predator/prey relationships, honoring the idea of reciprocal maintenance.
- Biodiversity and Estate Farming - Cultivation of a polyculture in and around the vineyards is just as important as the grapevines. This diversity is reflected in the individuality of the wines.
- Personal Connection to the Land (Observation and Anticipation) - A deep personal relationship with the land heightens our ability to anticipate and avoid problems in the vineyard while encouraging conditions that promote quality products.
Amazing! What a great set of principles for a company to operate under! Remember, when you use your hard-earned money to purchase products, you are sending a message directly to the companies you buy from. You are essentially telling them that you desire their products!
Therefore when you purchase food labelled “Organic” you are helping drive the demand for “real food,” while simultaneously decreasing the demand for “food like products.”
With this power, it is our responsibility as consumers to support companies with respectable corporate governance, relationship management, and environmental policies. We hope you learned a little about Biodynamic Farming after reading this article! Please check out www.biodynamics.com for more information!
Until next time, stay pure my friends!