New theme of the year 2014/15: How can we accompany our animals with dignity into the future?
Livestock farming is in many ways a story of unparalleled success. It is also facing serious challenges today. These relate in the first place to the way we understand the nature and purpose of farm animals; secondly, to our ethical connection with them and thirdly, our daily interaction on the farm. The biodynamic model in which farm livestock is integrated within an agricultural organism is being severely tested. The theme of the coming year and the Agricultural conference of 2015, aims to encourage a new depth of understanding, gain clarity regarding ethical questions and develop creative insights for daily practice. More...
The Michael letter we propose to work with this year is "Where is Man as a being that thinks and remembers?" (GA 26).
New publication: Agriculture for the future
Agriculture for the Future
Biodynamic agriculture today.
90 years since Koberwitz
Ueli Hurter (Ed.)
The «Agricultural Course» held in 1924 by Rudolf Steiner gave a new impulse for the development of agriculture: a holistic agriculture, which uses a modern approach to work directly with the life processes of nature and thus opens a new perspective on the future cultivation of the earth came into being. Since its beginnings, 90 years ago, a worldwide movement has emerged. In this book competent authors describe the development and diversity of the biodynamic agriculture movement: The historical development – The farm as an organism – Scientific research results – New methods of research – Fertilization, composting, biodynamic preparations – Landscaping – Subtropical and Tropical Agriculture – Seed breeding – Constellation research – Bees – Wine – Nutrition – Demeter, a worldwide label for biodynamic produce – Training – Social farming – Social design, land law and new forms of marketing – Outstanding examples from all continents.
The documentation provides an overview of the key ideas of biodynamic agriculture and the variety of ways in which they have developed in the worldwide biodynamic agriculture movement in the 90 years since Koberwitz.
This publication will be available in german at the beginning of february and in english in mid february.
Published by the Verlag am Goetheanum.
The Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum
The Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum is one of currently eleven departments of the School of Spiritual Science based at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. The Section for Agriculture contributes to the development of agriculture, out of anthroposophical spiritual science. The main tasks of the Section for Agriculture are to coordinate and give impulses to the worldwide biodynamic agriculture movement.
Biodynamic agriculture was born in 1924, in a series of lectures given by Rudolf Steiner, known as the "Agriculture Course". Nowadays biodynamic agriculture is practiced worldwide with over 150.000 ha of certified biodynamic land (certified by Demeter). The ideas behind biodynamic agriculture have infused and inspired many related fields such as landscape work, nutrition, social therapy, bee-keeping, wine making and many more. Also new research methods, new economic systems for agriculture and new systems of land ownership (amongst other innovations) have been developed out of the biodynamic movement.
To find out more about biodynamic agriculture, you can navigate our website, read a recommended publication, contact a biodynamic association near you or come along to one of the events from the Section for Agriculture! The Agriculture Conference in early February is a good place to get to know the biodynamic movement.