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Biodynamic Agriculture 2ed

by Willy Schilthuis Floris Books
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Pbk 128 pages
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A newly revised edition. Biodynamics is an internationally recognized approach to organic agriculture in which the farmer or gardener respects and works with the spiritual dimension of the earth's environment. In a world where conventional agricultural methods threaten the environment, biodynamic farms and gardens are designed to have a sound ecological balance. This concise and fully illustrated book presents evidence that biodynamic crops put down deeper roots, show strong resistance to disease and have better keeping qualities than conventionally produced crops. 'This little paperback is essential for all organic gardeners. Incredibly condensed amounts of information are available [here] - Illustrated throughout with some lovely photos and clear diagrams.'--- Ysanne Spevack, Willy Schilthuis was president of the Dutch Biodynamic Association for twenty-five years. She has written several books on biodynamic agriculture.

1. Agriculture and the environmentIndustrializationIntensive livestock farmingThe role of nitrogenHerbicides and pesticidesThe landscapeWater pollution2. The Earth, a living organismThe plant worldWhat is life?The soilAnimalsThe farming cycleBiodynamic preparationsThe farmer and the farm organism3. Biodynamics: a brief historyAgricultural problems in the nineteenth centuryMovements for biological agricultureRudolf Steiner and the Agricultural CourseThe search for qualityA new startAn international movement: Producers and consumers; Research; Advisory services; Education and study 4. Practical biodynamicsThe mixed farmManure and compost handlingThe biodynamic compost preparationsAnimal husbandry: Chickens; Cattle; Pigs; The sick animal Arable farming and vegetable cultivationThe biodynamic spray preparationsSoil cultivationFruit cultivationBeekeepingRhythms of sowing and plantingThe landscape and conservation5. Social aspectsTrade, sale and controlThe therapeutic effect of biodynamic farmingLand ownership6. Looking to the futureResearch into qualityResearch into breeding and seed productionPractical researchEconomic considerationsRegulations and government interventionA growing understanding

'Explains the background of the organic view of agriculture and environment. Surely the best introduction available.'-- Scientific and Medical Network Review, Winter 2003'Taking an international view, Biodynamic Agriculture guides its readers from the first stages of considering this kind of farming right through to the sale of produce and the therapeutic effects of this kind of agriculture.'The Environmentalist Magazine, November 2008
Willy Schilthuis was president of the Dutch Biodynamic Association for twenty-five years. She has written several books on biodynamics.