Biodynamic and biological:
what are they different?
If you first heard about Biodynamics and asked yourself what it is and what is different from Organic Agriculture, you must know that it is a term with deep roots, which for many years has been a reference point in the world of agriculture but not only: also of medicine, philosophy, pedagogy and much more.
Biodynamic agriculture: the origins
Rudolf Steiner, founder of Steinerian medicine and Waldorf pedagogy, gave birth to Biodynamics in 1924 to offer farmers an alternative to the slavery of chemicals for fertilizing and defending plants. The biodynamic farming movement, now widespread throughout the world, works to ensure the restoration of the land and the renewal of agriculture, according to different objectives:
- Keep the fertile land of cultivation in cultivation
- Keep the plants in good health without using any chemical substance
- Produce ingredients rich in active and nutritive ingredients
The biodynamic method is the purest and cleanest type of cultivation: without pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and synthetic fertilizers used in traditional agriculture, it allows to obtain the most concentrated and effective active ingredients, respecting the ecosystem.
It is only from a healthy, vital and healthy soil that the plants, herbs and fruits that are stronger and rich in antioxidants and active ingredients can grow. Leveraged with intensive cultivation and toxic substances, the plates often lose vitality and energy, impoverishing nutrients and minerals.
Organic farming and biodynamic agriculture
The concept of organic has established itself much later in the years, compared to biodynamics and is based on different principles:
- the principle of well-being: avoiding the use of fertilizers and other food additives that may be harmful to health;
- The principle of ecology: those who produce and transform biological products must act to benefit the common environment;
- The principle of fairness: every resource used, be it natural or environmental, must take into account respect for future generations. Transparency is the basis of this principle throughout the production phase;
- The precautionary principle: which is summarized in the total absence of GMOs.
Compared to organic farming, biodynamic agriculture uses the same techniques as others. It can be said that biodynamic agriculture is much more complex and is based on other further principles.
- The principle of the company as an organic living unit and of the bio-diversity, in which harmonically various other organisms that compose it (wood, pasture, fields, garden, animals etc.) vivifying it in their various ecological functions and making the vital system and productive;
- The principle of biodynamic preparations: dynamization is a fundamental practice of this type of agriculture and consists in making some natural substances active by diluting them with water;
- The principle of the moon phases: the moonlight penetrates the ground more deeply than sunlight and affects the entire life cycle of the plants. Biodynamics considers the lunar phases in agriculture and therefore follows a precise astronomical calendar.