Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I really like Edible East Bay, and I look forward to reading about upcoming events, as well as local eateries and food trends. In the Harvest 2010 issue, I was very sad to see the phrase “organic, biodynamic, or sustainable farming” in Mr. Middlebrook’s wine article. Inserting “biodynamic” in between organic and sustainable only perpetuates the public’s misperception of what biodynamic actually is.
While many biodynamic practices are sustainable and organic, Rudolph Steiner’s anthroposophy, including its occult and rather dogmatic approaches, is also critical. Planting by the phases of the moon may be harmless enough, but some of the prescriptions by Steiner still in use today are unscientific and, in a word, disgusting. For example, many of the “preparations” are bizarre, such as the stuffing of a cow peritoneum with certain items, burying it and then digging it back up again, or the use of liters of cow blood sloshed over the fields. Confusing biodynamic with organic can lead to the perception that “biodynamic” wine is vegetarian and vegan-friendly, because hey, it’s wine, right? Biodynamic farming methods have also not received the same peer-reviewed scientific accolades that organic and sustainable farming methods have, and should not be treated as equivalent.… Read More