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    DescriptionBiodynamics 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.

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    Biodynamic Agriculture
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Willy Schilthuis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 203 g
    ISBN 13: 9780863153976
    ISBN 10: 0863153976

    BIC E4L: COU
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.9
    BIC subject category V2: VX, TVB
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27650
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: TVG
    DC22: 631.584
    BISAC V2.8: TEC003080
    LC classification: S605.5
    BISAC V2.8: REL068000
    Thema V1.0: VX, TVB, TVG
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    50 colour photographs and 8 diagrams
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    31 August 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Willy Schilthuis was president of the Dutch Biodynamic Association for twenty-five years. She has written several books on biodynamics.
    Review quote
    '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
    Table of contents
    1. Agriculture and the environment; Industrialization; Intensive livestock farming; The role of nitrogen; Herbicides and pesticides; The landscape; Water pollution; 2. The Earth, a living organism; The plant world; What is life? The soil; Animals; The farming cycle; Biodynamic preparations; The farmer and the farm organism; 3. Biodynamics: a brief history; Agricultural problems in the nineteenth century; Movements for biological agriculture; Rudolf Steiner and the Agricultural Course; The search for quality; A new start; An international movement: Producers and consumers; Research; Advisory services; Education and study; 4. Practical biodynamics; The mixed farm; Manure and compost handling; The biodynamic compost preparations; Animal husbandry: Chickens; Cattle; Pigs; The sick animal; Arable farming and vegetable cultivation; The biodynamic spray preparations; Soil cultivation; Fruit cultivation; Beekeeping; Rhythms of sowing and planting; The landscape and conservation; 5. Social aspects; Trade, sale and control; The therapeutic effect of biodynamic farming; Land ownership; 6. Looking to the future; Research into quality; Research into breeding and seed production; Practical research; Economic considerations; Regulations and government intervention; A growing understanding