A promising road to tomorrow's sustainable agriculture

Schreier, U
October 2014
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Academic research
Key Farming Practices: 
Organic fertilisers
Mixed farming
Diversified rotation

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Resource explained: 

This short article provides a comprehensive introduction to biodynamic agriculture. It touches the concept of biodynamics, how ‘the farm’ is viewed, introduces the biodynamic preparations, explains the importance of soil health and fertility, biodynamic farming around the globe, and refers to studies confirming the positive effects of farming biodynamically.

Findings & recommendations: 
  • Biodynamics tries to limit inputs from outside the farm by adopting cultivation, crop rotation and fertilisation techniques that promote a high level of soil life and soil fertility. Paired with an approach to livestock management and nutrition which respects the physical requirements and well-being of animals, this leads to a well-balanced farm organism and a high degree of self-sufficiency. It also protects the farm from problems coming in from outside such as seed and fodder contamination, mad cow disease, hoof and mouth disease, bird flu, swine fever, etc.
  • Biodynamics covers the broad spectrum of agronomic, ecological and economic issues as well as social and cultural aspects.
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Janie Caldbeck