My take on Biodynamic
|Da Vinci's "The Last Supper" (Wine Discussion) revisited by ©LeDomduVin 2019|
Original Picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
(a painting revisited by your humble servant exclusively for this post... I must say I'm really proud of myself on this one 😊 ... my apologies to those who might be offended and no offense to the religion ... to read this "last Supper" wine discussion, you can either go from the left to the right of the table or start with Jesus speech balloon (in the middle) and continue to the right-hand side of the table first, then read the left-hand side of the table ... your left and right, not Jesus' left and right...)...
So, let's talk about Biodynamic, shall we?
1. Are "Humans coming to their sense"?
Since its creation, back in 1924, Biodynamic has been the subject of endless discussions, mingling criticism and scepticism, dividing people and forcing them to either stand between the lines or firmly camp on their position and stand with their opinions; hence my illustration above, as Biodynamic is like an endless and recurring subject of conversation.... (sigh)
And why not after all? Biodynamic has experienced a resurgence over the last 20-25 years, during which its recognition increasingly expanded. More especially, it gained countless adepts over the last 10-15 years (roughly....), as prior to that, only a minority had ever heard about it, and an even smaller number of people believed in it, and even fewer practised it.... nowadays it is on everyone's lips... it is almost a trend somehow...
Biodynamic is nearly unavoidable, (and it is a good thing), as humans are finally coming to their senses, realizing that Earth needs to be saved and that they need to be more disciplined, stop overproduction and overconsumption, and, more particularly, that they must stop destroying the planet by polluting the ground, the water and the air with chemicals and plastics and other fossil energies derivated products, to go back to more natural and environmentally friendly methods and cultures.
"Humans are finally coming to their senses..." well, let's not be too hasty on this one... only some humans, not all humans... only a very small minority of them in fact..... which is a little hope... like a silver lining in the gloomy future awaiting us tomorrow... (some used to say 100 years, scientists used to say maybe in 50 years, nowadays, realizing changes have been occurring and coming much faster than their computers and algorithms predicted them, scientists revised their prediction to 15-20 years.... talking about 2030 at the earliest....)... but would that be enough to save us? Surely not, unless we all decide to make that change.....
So, "coming to their senses", maybe, but a bit late, in my opinion... too late maybe, probably, and unfortunately, as nothing has been done to this day to radically change our bad habits and ways of living. We have the know-how, the manpower and the technologies to do it, but we aren't doing anything about it. It is almost like to the point that humans have seen the wall they are going to crash into, for more than half a century now, but they haven't changed course and are still driving right ahead, straight into it... worst, they are building this wall they will crash into, so not only they have seen it, but, furthermore, they have been elaborating its construction for decades knowing that they will crash into it, but that did not stop them.... (sigh)
Let take "Plastic" for example. Plastic and basically all of the derivated products made from hydrocarbons in fossil energies like natural gas, oil (petroleum) and coal. Plastic is a scourge, a curse, a plague, a flail for humanity... yet it simplified and tremendously helped certain things and aspects of our daily lives since its creation in the 1800s... yet, it became our nemesis, as we still don't know how to recycle it properly, and as it is cheaper to produce than to recycle...
As per the statistics, only 10-15% of all the plastics produced in the world are recycled, and this recycling is incredibly onerous, expensive and consumes a lot of energy.... and, as per certain websites, like https://plasticoceans.org/the-facts/: "We are now producing nearly 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is for single use. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year." Therefore, the rest is either incinerated (which pollute the air) or buried in landfills (which pollute the soil).
As we do not have any other solutions for our rejects: they can only either be burned, buried or sank, then, we are basically doomed... Even more so, as money, power and politic are stronger than common sense and saving the planet... And it is a fact! Frankly, I don't think humans will ever come to their senses.... it will be a miracle if it happens.... (sigh)
2. So why writing, yet, again, another article on Biodynamic?
- Biodynamic is better than Organic, Natural, Lutte Raisonnée, Integrated Farming, Sustainable agriculture or conventional agricultural methods (in short, better than any other wines produced by other methods)
- He has never been disappointed by a Biodynamic wine compared to other wines produced with the other methods (cited above)
You might agree or strongly disagree... however, here is my take on biodynamic and what I have to say about it (which comes as a complement to an old post I wrote back in 2009 - read it here)
|Simplified Rudolf Steiner's Biodynamic Farming Theory for Newbies by ©LeDomduVin 2019|
1. First, let's go back to basic... what is biodynamic?
So, first of all, do you know what is Biodynamic? My illustration above, somewhat, illustrates, (in a simplified way), Mr. Rudolf Steiner Biodynamic Farming Theory. Yet, it is so much more complex than that... However, it is a start, more especially for all of you, newbies of the millennial generation, who have grown up hearing that word everywhere and for everything, but don't have a clue about what it is or what it refers to really.... (Am-I wrong?)
|Rudolf (Joseph Lorenz) Steiner (1861-1925) |
Austrian philosopher, scientist, social reformer, architect, scholar, lecturer, and esotericist, etc...
2. Rudolf Steiner and the concept of Biodynamic Farming (Agriculture and Viticulture)
|Bio (Organic), Biodynamic, Natural, Lutte Raisonnée, etc... by ©LeDomduVin 2019|
3. How we had to invent new words to redefine what used to be simply know as "farming".... and the use of chemicals....
As I said in my illustration above, people often confuse organic, biodynamic and natural wines... But in fact, it is essential to make the difference between Bio (Organic), Biodynamic, Natural, Lutte Raisonnée, sustainable viticulture, conventional viticulture, etc...
(**) Info sourced from Encyclopedia.1914-1918 (read the full article here)
(***) Info courtesy of Wikipedia, read the full article here
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