A revitalisation of European farming and the promise of the biodynamic worldview

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Abstract

Abstract: In 2020 and amidst the upsurge in discourse around de-industrialisation, a consortium of sixteen indigenous leaders and organisations released a briefing statement that urged change amongst modern regenerative farming movements. Called ‘Whitewashed Hope’, the critique encouraged these movements to go deeper than simply taking indigenous practices out of context, but rather to encompass the worldviews they represent and in doing so to enable the cultural and relational changes needed for humanity’s collective healing. This paper takes a critical analysis approach to address the question of whether the critique of regenerative agriculture holds true for biodynamic agriculture in particular. This is explored using the hypothesis that there is no evidence of a synergistic relationship between the biodynamic worldview and the indigenous worldview as characterised in the document Whitewashed Hope. Drawing from the works of Rudolf Steiner as well as from other biodynamic texts, the paper uncovers synergies that exist between biodynamic and indigenous worldviews and explores the implications for regenerative farming systems. The aim of this paper is to instigate further debate and enquiry around the underexplored topic of how our worldviews impact our farming systems and of ways to develop an expanded worldview for more revitalised farming in the European context. Graphical Abstract:
Original languageEnglish
Article number64
Number of pages9
JournalChemical and Biological Technologies in Agriculture
Volume9
Issue number1
Early online date14 Sept 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

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Keywords

  • Review
  • The scientific bases of biodynamic agriculture
  • Biodynamic
  • Indigenous
  • Regenerative
  • Farming
  • Europe
  • Agroecology
  • Organic
  • Steiner
  • Worldview

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