Soil ecology does not need to be re-invented to remind agronomists around the World once again that synthetic Nitrogen destroys soil carbon, depletes organic matter and prevents humus and soil structure formation.
Modern agriculture has become a source of income for a great number of businesses which never existed before. Agrochemical corporations have outgrown the farms by the volumes of money they earn. Logically, the more they earn, the more farmers spend while shrinking their own earnings. Eventually, the consumer pays it all. So, how much does the customer pay for agrochemicals which hardly could be tagged as “health-safe” or “human-friendly”?
Biodynamic farming will absolutely come to prevail in the global agricultural scene within just a few years due to the exponential use (or rather misuse) of mineral fertilizers and crop protection chemicals all of which are made with the use of drastically diminishing natural reserves of oil and natural gas.
Biodynamics evolution is the history of many centuries of farming which have been accumulated and formulated in a structured form by agronomy scientists and progressive farmers around the world during the past century. Biodynamic agriculture, as a method of organic farming, has its basis in a philosophical world-view of ecological economics presented by Ukrainian scientist Sergei (Serhiy) Podolinsky (1850-1891), elaborated by a number of agronomy scientists and propounded by Rudolf Steiner (1961-1925) as part of anthroposophy, which treats farms as unified and individual organisms, emphasizing balancing the holistic development and interrelationship of the soil, plants, animals as a closed, self-nourishing system. The modern biodynamics has been largely supplemented by Alex Podolinsky, the grandson of Sergei Podolinsky.
Organic farming can build up soil organic matter better than conventional no-till farming. This virtue of organic farming methods, amid the expanding marketing of no-till methods and overpriced no-till equipment, have been proven by a long-term study by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists.
Agricultural team of researchers made the discovery during a nine-year study at the Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), Beltsville, Md. BARC is operated by ARS, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific research agency.
European Union banned the use of 22 most toxic pesticide substances in all EU-member states by its decision passed in January this year. Among the banned toxic substances used within pesticides are primarily those proven to cause cancer, endanger reproduction or genes, as well as those that negatively affect human nervous, immune or hormonal systems.
Substances likely to be harmful to bees will also be outlawed as bees are essential for the pollination of crops, while 20 percent of pesticides are very toxic to bees. The harmful use of pesticides has been the major reason for the recent sudden die-off of bee communities around the Planet.
Aerial crop spraying of pesticides will also be almost completely prohibited, with minor exceptions.
The global food crisis and how to stop hunger from escalating in the midst of the current economic crisis will be the subject of a recent G8 meeting of Agricultural ministers in Treviso, Italy. For now, the G8 and the United States continue to advocate the same disastrous policies that got us into the current mess where 1 billion people lack access to adequate food. U.S. agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack has said that biotechnology is necessary to address hunger while the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently approved without much public debate the “Global Hunger Security Act” sponsored by Senators Bob Casey and Richard Lugar, that for the first time would mandate the U.S. to fund genetic engineering projects in foreign agriculture research. Meanwhile, the Gates Foundation h as billions invested in the “Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.”