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Biodynamic agriculture

Author: Willy Schilthuis
Publisher: Edinburgh : Floris, 2003, ©1994.
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"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  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Schilthuis, Willy.
Biodynamic agriculture.
Edinburgh : Floris, 2003, ©1994
(OCoLC)709531085
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Willy Schilthuis
ISBN: 0863153976 9780863153976
OCLC Number: 51527920
Language Note: Translated from the Dutch.
Description: 124 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color map, portraits (some color) ; 20 cm
Contents: 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
Responsibility: Willy Schilthuis ; [translated from Dutch by Tony Langham and Plym Peters].

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A concise and illustrated introduction to organic agriculture which shows that biodynamic crops are healthier and longer-lasting than conventional crops.  Read more...

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'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 Read more...

 
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