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To cultivate soil health

Happy animals and living soil
Forfatter: Marit Bendz, Oddleiv Apneseth
Forlag: (Norge)
ECOLOGY: Marit Bendz has met gardeners, agronomists, farmers and enthusiasts who in various ways run an agriculture contrary to government recommendations.

The first cookbook I got was Kornelias cookbook (1981), a collection of vegetarian recipes richly equipped with classic anthroposophical wet-on-wet illustrations of vegetables that extend to the forces of the earth and the cosmic celestial energy. At that time, in the late 80's, biodynamic agriculture was the most radical direction in agriculture in Norway, and Kornelias cookbook became an important introduction for me to organic food and cultivation. I read the book and went to Vegeta Vertshus, moved to a disused small farm and grew vegetables without pesticides and fertilizers. We also had chickens and pigs – but no tractor.

Humans, animals and plants

It may be easy to make fun of some biodynamic ideas, where preparations are put in cow horns and buried in the ground while there is a full moon, but anthroposophical agriculture was early concerned with soil health and the creation of living soil through holistic cultivation. Much of contemporary radical agriculture has taken these ideas further, it is soil health that is at the center. In addition to good soil health creating healthy vegetables, the goal is to improve and build up the soil so that agriculture binds more CO2 than it releases.

Plant cover, biological diversity, microbiology, minimal plowing and living root systems.

Good soil health is not created. . .

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