Biodynamic Agriculture: A Way Forward for Sustainable Farming

Biodynamic agriculture can be defined as an advanced and holistic organic farming system that is gaining popularity worldwide for its emphasis on food quality as well as soil health.

Today biodynamic agriculture is practiced on farms globally in a variety of climates and regions. On top of that, biodynamic methods of cultivating grapevines have also been taken up by several notable vineyards in a few nations. However, most biodynamic farms are located in the United States, Australia, Europe and New Zealand.

History

Biodynamics was developed in the early 1920s by the Austrian philosopher and social reformer Rudolf Steiner who is considered one of the pioneers of the organic farming movement.

Principles of Biodynamic Agriculture

• Avoiding chemical soil fertilizers to enhance soil fertility

• Consideration of biological organisms

• Crop rotation to replenish soil nutrients.

• Practice biological nitrogen fixation

• Using natural processes and materials while developing farming systems

• Promoting ecological balance

• Usage of green animal manures

• Protecting the integrity of crops

• Supporting biodynamic practices

• Ensuring organic integrity and operation sustainability

• Preservation of soil’s organic composition

• Effective pest management

• Develop and maintain biodiversity

• Facilitating the transition from conventional to biodynamic agricultural practices

• Connecting humans with the land in an attempt to cultivate an environment that will improve humanity.

In short, biodynamic farming is of utmost importance In the view of climate change and global warming as no other defined system of farming comes close to delivering innumerable benefits for farmers, ecosystem and society.