Biodynamic is a method of organic farming, orginally developed by Rudolf Steiner in the 1920’s, that pioneered sustainable agriculture movements. Biodynamics encourages the use of manures and composts for soil fertility; avoiding the usage of artificial chemicals with soil, plants and livestock care due to the ecological interrrelation. The treatment of crops, soild and animals as a unified system makes its methodical approach unique to biondynamics. The biodynamic farming mission is healing the earth as it’s harvested through chemical-free weed and pest management, low-till or no-till soil managment, eco-biodiversity, and strict organic practices.
As people become more informed about their food choices and the food systems affected by this method of farming, biodynamic cultivation has the potential of being a more common practice in the United States. While many foods on store shelve have the USDA “organic” label, consumers may not be recieving the societal benefits that originally led them to choose organic. Some farmers follow or even go beyond the best practices of organic farming, but due to the red tape they are not being certified or applying for organic certification while delivering a similar product.
The Mountain Horticulture Crops Research & Extension Center and the Rodale Institute offer farmers and consumers extensive resources on organic and biodynamic agricultural operations.