Biodynamic Approach and Principles

Care for the Earth

Biodynamics take ideals and ethics into practical reality, respecting the ecology, culture and tradition of a place. This is agriculture as a collaboration between human beings and nature in which both can flourish.

Biodynamic Approach

The whole farm

Each unique farm is made up of interwoven systems that depend on one another – on soil, plant, animal, humans and environment. So it makes sense that the whole farm, not just a portion of it, needs to convert to Demeter.  Each farm works with species suited to the local ecology and culture and aims for self-sufficiency in fodder and fertility.

Diversity leads to resilience

Diversity of microorganisms in the soil, wild and cultivated plants and animals and enterprises on the farm leads to a rich and vibrant working relationship with nature.

Valuing tradition and spirit of a place

Care for the earth and nature has traditionally been at the heart of agriculture for generations. Biodynamics respects these traditions and recognises that now, in this time of climate change and the exhaustion of planetary resources, sustainability is not enough. As human beings we are responsible for the regeneration of ecology and landscapes within our agricultural systems.

Community based

Biodynamic famers and researchers meet and exchange their experiences. They work together on the continuous development of biodynamic agriculture – in line with the challenges we face today. Every year the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum offers a platform for this exchange at the International Agricultural Conference.

Principles of the Biodynamic Approach

  • Regeneration – sustainability is not enough
  • Integrating well-being of nature and human beings – we are part of the picture
  • Creating a living context within which human beings, animals and plants can thrive and develop
  • Include animals in a way that respects their well-being, while producing nutrient dense food, nourishing the soil and protecting wildlife
  • Agriculture is contextual – of its ecology, landscape and culture
  • Ecological responsibility – Caring for resources, including packaging and transport impacts
  • Social responsibility – Support community development and a cooperative approach throughout the supply chain

7 Demeter principles

Find our seven principles and more in this brochure!

“Why I became a biodynamic farmer”

All of nature begins to whisper its secrets to us through its sounds. Sounds that were previously incomprehensible to our soul now become the meaningful language of nature.

Rudolf Steiner, philosopher and founder of anthroposophy

Nourishing body, mind and soul

Farmers and processors around the globe produce great food and invaluable nourishing products.

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