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Biodynamic Agriculture: The Journey from Koberwitz to the World, 1924-1938

Paull, John (2011) Biodynamic Agriculture: The Journey from Koberwitz to the World, 1924-1938. Journal of Organic Systems, 6 (1), pp. 27-41.

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In the last year of his life, the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner challenged the direction and practice of contemporary agriculture. This was an early response to the proliferation of chemical agriculture. Steiner laid the foundation for an alternative agriculture, one that would ‘heal the earth’, in the agriculture course, a series of eight lectures at Koberwitz (now Kobierzyce, Poland) in 1924. Steiner set in train a process that led to the development, articulation, and naming of biodynamic agriculture, culminating in the publication of 'Bio-Dynamic Farming and Gardening' by Ehrenfried Pfeiffer in 1938. Pfeiffer's book appeared in Dutch, English, French, German, and Italian, and fulfilled Steiner's injunction to bring his agricultural lecture course to "a form suitable for publication".

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Biodynamic farming, bio-dynamic agriculture, biodynamics, biodynamic gardening, Rudolf Steiner, Ehrenfried Pfeiffer, Kobierzyce, Poland, agriculture course, agricultural course, organic agriculture
Subjects: Knowledge management > Education, extension and communication
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy
"Organics" in general > Countries and regions > Baltic states
"Organics" in general > History of organics
Research affiliation: UK
UK > Univ. Oxford
Deposited By: Paull, Dr John
ID Code:18836
Deposited On:26 Jun 2011 11:14
Last Modified:26 Jun 2011 11:14
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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