A BRIEF history of biodynamics
Agrochemicals emerged in the 19th century and began to gain acceptance.
During the first half of the twentieth century, their use became widespread when the few grape growers to have overcome phylloxera, World War I, the Great Depression, and World War II massively turned to agrochemicals to lessen their workload. In the process, vines became less and less able to survive without the chemicals.
By the 1960s, the poor state of soils gave impetus to the theory of biodynamics created in 1924 by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner. He proposed that chemicals be replaced by one of nine herb and mineral-based preparations and that all tasks be done at their most effective time, based on lunar, solar, planetary rhythms.
The history of “green” farming is roughly divided into three waves.
The birth of biodynamics
Rudolf Steiner presents the theory of biodynamics in a series of lectures.1924