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Biodynamic farming's contribution to nutrition and climate

The Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum, the world center for the anthroposophical movement, will discuss biodynamic food quality at its online conference

Biodynamic farming produces food that is high in nutritional quality and studies prove this to be measurable beyond subjective factors such as taste. 

Nutrition specialist Dr Jasmin Peschke, head of nutrition within the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum, said that the determination of food quality is a broad field. “Biodynamic farming is a method that includes the local situation. Plants, for instance, are grown in a way that is in keeping with their surroundings. Farmers, therefore have to be as diverse in their approach as possible. Under these circumstances, plants develop greater resilience compared to conventionally cultivated ones and this is evidenced in higher polyphenol and lower nitrate contents.”

These vital features have a positive effect on health. “If the human micro biome receives diverse stimuli, it can develop accordingly and this enhances the immune response.” Dr Peschke added, pointing to a study by Daniel Kusche, coordinator of Biodynamic Farming at Kassel University in Germany.

Biodynamic farming means that the soil quality is improved – humus content and soil diversity increase over time, resulting in the soil being able to sequester an above-average amount of carbon dioxide. According to Lin Bautze, research assistant at the Section for Agriculture, this has a positive effect on climate change.

Dr Peschke pointed out, “It is important that children already build a relationship to the origin of food – as a first step towards fighting civilisation diseases such as obesity and diabetes.” Lin Bautze reports from the Steiner School in Mbagathi, Kenya, where students overcome malnutrition by eating food from their biodynamic school garden. “This is evident, for instance, in the children‘s growth and improved health. And they learn at the same time how food is grown in tune with local conditions,” she added.