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How Dr. Ehrenfried Pfeiffer Contributed to Organic Agriculture in Australia

Paull, John (2009) How Dr. Ehrenfried Pfeiffer Contributed to Organic Agriculture in Australia. Journal of Bio-Dynamics Tasmania (96), pp. 21-27.

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Ehrenfried Pfeiffer (1899-1961) was 25 years old when Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) delivered his eight lectures on agriculture from 7th June to 16th June 1924. In those eight lectures at Koberwitz, Rudolf Steiner laid the basis for biodynamic agriculture. Steiner advocated an agriculture informed by anthroposophy, and that the ideas he expounded in the eight agriculture lectures should be developed by experiments, practice and observation. Ehrenfried Pfeiffer took up this task and he spent the rest of his life in the pursuit. Pfeiffer published his book ‘Bio-Dynamic Farming and Gardening’ in 1938. It was the first popular account of bio-dynamic agriculture. In that book Pfeiffer presented the practical results of more than a decade of farming practice and experimentation. Pfeiffer was a major contributor to Australia’s first organic farming journal, the 'Organic Farming Digest' (1946-1955); he was the leading contributing author from the USA. Pfeiffer's lecture tour to Australia planned for 1953, and visiting the states of NSW, Victoria, and South Australia, was cancelled at short notice due to his ill health.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, Rudolf Steiner, biodynamic agriculture, biodynamic farming, bio-dynamic, bio-dynamics, Organic Farming Digest, Australian Organic Farming and Gardening Society, anthroposophy.
Subjects:"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > United States
"Organics" in general > History of organics
Farming Systems
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Australia
Research affiliation: Australia
Australia > Australian National University
Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:16973
Deposited On:09 Apr 2010 09:57
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:44
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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