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Biodynamic farm named Cooperator of the Year Frank Hunter and Kim Peavey live their lives in a way that Rudolf Steiner would approve. Steiner was the founder of both Waldorf schools and Biodynamic farming. Both his methodology for schooling and farming involve looking at activities and life holistically. (Friday November 3rd, 2017 — Brattleboro Reformer - Brattleboro, Vermont USA)

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Is technology in schools making our kids smarter? Waldorf isn't anti-technology, they just believe it should be reserved for older students. They are a private school, so not everyone has that kind of access, but they have seen much success in educational outcomes when it comes to graduation rates. (Wednesday November 1st, 2017 — KARE-TV - Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota USA)

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Former Gusbourne CEO making English wine in qvevri Ben Walgate, the former chief executive of Gusbourne in Kent, is working on his own biodynamic project in Sussex that includes natural wines aged in Georgian qvevri. (Tuesday October 31st, 2017 — The Drinks Business - London UK)

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Biodynamic wines from South of France Biodynamic practices were introduced at the Domaine de Cigalus vineyard in 1995. In 2010, the vineyard was certified biodynamic by Demeter, an organisation that certifies biodynamic agriculture. (Sunday October 29th, 2017 — The Straits Times - Singapore )

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Oxford Study Attacks Regenerative Agriculture — Monsanto Ally? One has to wonder why this Oxford think tank is being so deferential to Monsanto and the GMO/fertilizer industry, which profits via the planet-killing, health-destroying CAFO model. It seems that Monsanto has deep and enduring connection to the University of Oxford (UO). Monsanto has paid out to UO through various business ventures more than $50M pounds ($75M US). Also, Oxford University Press has published a flattering book, written by Robert Paarlberg, full of Monsanto puffery: Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know. (Sunday October 29th, 2017 — Medium)

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Tablas Creek Vineyard celebrates Biodynamic certification Tablas Creek Vineyard has announced that it has received Biodynamic certification from Demeter USA. The certification is the international farming community’s highest level of sustainability certification. It begins with organic practices (Tablas Creek has been certified organic since 2003) and adds a holistic approach to building a dynamic, biodiverse and healthy farm unit in which the signature of the place can show clearly. (Friday October 27th, 2017 — Paso Robles Daily News - Paso Robles, California USA)

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NOVA KITCHEN: Planting by the phase of the moon No less an advocate of traditional farming than Prince Charles favours a practice known as biodynamics, a cultivation technique that we mentioned briefly in our last two Nova Kitchen columns on food choices. In his 2010 book Harmony, the Prince of Wales described planting by the moon phase as part of “a profound knowledge neglected by modern techniques.” (Thursday October 26th, 2017 — TheChronicleHerald.ca - Nova Scotia, Canada)

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Here are the 6 cities in the U.S. running on 100 percent renewable electricity According to the Sierra Club there are 46 cities, four counties, and one state that have committed to evolving their energy generation into 100 percent renewable forms. This is a part of the Sierra Club’s “Ready for 100 Campaign.” (Thursday October 26th, 2017 — Daily Kos - USA)

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Polio Could Be Stopped Worldwide By Year’s End, Says Gates Foundation Thirty years ago, the polio virus was rampant in more than 120 countries, responsible for the paralysis of about 350,000 people each year. Today, there are only 12 documented cases of the disease in just two nations — and, according to the Bill and Melinda Gates. (Wednesday October 25th, 2017 — HuffPost - USA)

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Astrolabe: Shipwreck find 'earliest navigation tool' An artefact excavated from a shipwreck off the coast of Oman has been found to be the oldest known example of a type of navigational tool. (Tuesday October 24th, 2017 — BBC online - UK)

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How cow horns and manure can make wine taste better The principles of biodynamics were created in 1924 by a man who had never farmed a day in his life. That fact plus some of its seemingly odd practices have caused many people to consider the approach mystical voodoo, but adherents say Rudolf Steiner — an Austrian philosopher and social activist — was just codifying some of the oldest and simplest methods of farming. (Friday October 20th, 2017 — The San Luis Obispo Tribune - San Luis Obispo, California USA)

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How Birds Navigate the Night Sky In the 1960s, German ornithologists Franz and Eleanore Saver discovered that birds navigate the night sky by using the stars. A decade later, a Cornell scientist was able to identify the specific star patterns used by the indigo bunting. For indigo buntings, orientation to the night sky develops as the young birds observe the stars. When star patterns are reversed in a planetarium, buntings will change their orientation 180 degrees, showing that they use the stars to guide themselves. (Wednesday October 18th, 2017 — The Old Farmers Almanac - Dublin, New Hampshire USA)

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How Japan’s Bear-Worshipping Indigenous Group Fought Its Way to Cultural Relevance For a long time, Japanese anthropologists and officials tried to bury the Ainu. It didn’t work. (Wednesday October 18th, 2017 — Smithsonian online - USA)

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Rodale Institute Unveils Regenerative Organic Certification Built upon the ethos of former organic movement visionaries, including J.I. Rodale and Dr. Rudolf Steiner, the goals of the certification are to increase soil over time, better animal welfare, provide fair wages and economic stability for farmers, ranchers and workers, in addition to developing resilient regional communities and ecosystems. Rodale Institute said the certification will support existing standards incorporated by USDA Organic and similar programs and facilitate widespread adoption of regenerative agricultural methods. (Tuesday October 17th, 2017 — Sourcing Journal Online - )

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3,700-Year-Old Babylonian Stone Tablet Gets Translated, Changes History Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were. (Tuesday September 5th, 2017 — distractify.com )

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Biodynamic Basics The Pfeiffer Center, a New York organization that practices, teaches and promotes Biodynamics, describes it as an approach to plant and land care that combined novel techniques of building up healthy soil with a renewed awareness of all the forces at work in the farm organism: among and between the soil, plants, animals and humans, as well as the cosmos itself. (Tuesday September 5th, 2017 — OregonWinePress.com - McMinnville, Oregon USA)

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Message in a bottle ... you may consider this to be the biggest load of plonk, but when I heard Grard Bertrand - a former rugby player who looks more rock star than Mystic Mick - explain how this ensures a balance between the vines and the soil, my mind was opened to the possibility that quite a bit of this just might make sense. (Sunday September 3rd, 2017 — Independent.ie - Dublin, Ireland)

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Agriculture Why is the world going crazy over organic food? In the 1940s ... J.I Rodale coined the term organic to describe his system of agriculture based on the works of Sir Albert Howard in England, Rudolf Steiner in Germany and doctor William Albrecht of the University of Missouri. Around the same time, Lord Northbourne also adopted the term organic to describe the idea of the farm as an organism. All of these progenitors of the organic movement shared the same values as those people who embrace organic food today. (Friday September 1st, 2017 — Born2Invest - London, UK)

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Keen to live off the grid? This couple from Karnataka shows the way Not far from the city of Mysuru, in Halasuru village of Kote Taluka in Karnataka, Anjali Rudraraju and Kabir Cariappa have created their own little slice of paradise Yarroway Farm. ... Although biodynamic farming methods are practised at Yarroway, Anjali and Kabir also make other compost such as panchagavya and ash nutrients, depending on the crops, season and soil situation. (Tuesday August 29th, 2017 — YourStory.com - Bengaluru, Karnataka, India )

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Grard Bertrand: the man who helped save the Languedoc It is a long journey that takes time. At first most of my staff said the boss has gone crazy, but now they will leave if we go back to conventional [winemaking]. Everyone I met had an almost evangelical belief in the project and in biodynamics. I tell you, it works, argues Bertrand. (Saturday August 26th, 2017 — Irish Times)

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