Friday, 5 October 2007

Important contribution to SA

Sustainable agriculture has received several interesting impulses from the teachings of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). Steiner perceived that the materialistic approach to agriculture, as informed for example by the work of Justus von Liebig, resulted in lower nutritive quality of food. In 1924 he was asked to teach a course on Agriculture, which resulted in the foundations of the biodynamic movement. The biodynamic movement was the first purposeful return to organic farming practices and also at the very beginning of a scientific assessment of traditional agricultural practices (e.g. Lilly Kolisko’s research on the influence of the moon on plant growth: (Kolisko and Kolisko, 1939).

The idea of Community Supported Agriculture also developed out of the ideas of Steiner, who taught that the ideal governing the economic sphere ought to be fraternity (rather than profit maximization and competition).

In the bible it says something like "recognize them by their actions"...

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