STIMULATE LIVING PROCESSES WITH NATURAL PREPARATIONS PRODUCED ON THE FARM AND DYNAMISED AT DAWN ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY... FOUNDED BY RUDOLF STEINER IN 1924, BIO-DYNAMIC AGRICULTURE IS THE ORIGINAL METHOD OF ORGANIC FARMING.
Agriculture in the image of man
On October 2, 1999, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of L'AUBIER by hand-sowing together our wheat field. But 20 years, a little less than a generation, is but a fleeting moment for agriculture. What then will our contribution to history be? What seeds have we sown? Wheat was first cultivated some 10,000 years ago. Since then, there has been an unbroken chain of seeds throughout the intervening years, generations, cultures, nations and epochs. A chain of life has no right to be broken; and chains of seeds last for thousands of years. We all live in this current, the bridge between the immemorial past and the distant future. This is what gives these ‘mere’ twenty years their significance for the entire life cycle.
Caring for the Earth
The first mission of agriculture is to take forward the work of nature, the soil, plants and animals. Where nature leaves off, the farmer finds his entry point, as the former of landscapes, the cultivator of plants, the breeder of animals. It is the farmer who unites all these things in the organism of his farm. Our times are calling for the next step in the development of nature. Two paths are open to us. On the one hand, genetic manipulation: working on the microscopic to change important biological links. Very clever, of course, but lacking a long-term view. ‘Terminator’ technology clearly shows the direction of this path: just before harvest manipulated plants produce an enzyme that prevents germination of the mature grain. Therefore after harvesting the grains can no longer be kept as seeds because they are sterile. Dead as stones. Farmers are made totally dependent on seed producers such as Monsanto.
On the other hand, there is the further development of nature by people using bio-dynamic agriculture. ‘Bio’ for respect and consideration of soil, plants and animals by excluding chemical fertilizers, pesticides and industrial fodder. "Dynamic" for one more step: the development of nature by agriculture must be developed into a conscious path. It is the purpose of bio-dynamist to reveal the potential of living beings. To this end, he does not interfere in the detail as does genetic engineering; instead he grounds his work on an his own development as a human being, reflected as it is in the closed cycle that agriculture represents. Thus, the farm becomes an organism, a living unity between soil, plants and animals. If bio-dynamic preparations are introduced into this organism, the closed aspect of this cycle becomes instead an opening. Living beings then enter into correspondence with the cosmic forces and ground forces. Access to vital forces opens up. On earth the step is taken to safeguard the development of nature. The human being fulfils his dominant position in regard to nature when he takes his own development seriously. He becomes a kind of spiritual entrepreneur, taking over the baton from Creation.
The second mission of agriculture is to meet the demands of society for food and raw materials. In this regard, agriculture at the turn of this century is about to break. ‘Bargain’ food prices on world markets are the ruin of farmers, farms and even villages, while consumers in industrialized countries have to choose between mad cow meat and dioxin-riddled chickens... Agriculture has become at one and the same time a subsidy beggar and the cause of unforeseen scandals. So much so that:
1. If we base agriculture on industrial criteria, it will go bankrupt. It works exactly in the opposite way to manufacture. Agriculture derives its products from the whole of nature. It should therefore be the complementary economic partner to industry and not its imitator.
2. Food products are of the utmost sensitivity. For this reason, only strategies for obtaining maximum quality must be considered. The daily pursuit of bio-dynamic agriculture on our 30 acres of farmland is our top priority.
For us at L'AUBIER, practicing bio-dynamics also means:
- fulfilling man’s responsibility to the earth.
- overcoming the Isolation of agriculture through its association with other economic sectors.
- producing, processing and selling food of the highest quality, as guaranteed by the «Demeter» label.