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Supernatural Wine goes back to basics for a better product The main focus for the company is to use organic and biodynamic methods to build soil health, which in turn creates a more robust vine and less need for chemical sprays, he said. (Thursday December 7th, 2017 — New Zealand Herald )

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Could Waldorf education be right for your family? Waldorf is a “whole child” educational model. For a century now, the broad-based Waldorf curriculum, developed by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, has emphasized the concept of “heads, hands, and heart,” promoting a balance of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being in students. (Tuesday December 5th, 2017 — Shawnee Mission Post - Johnson County, Kansas)

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A different way to learn: Tamar Valley Steiner school two years on from launching The Steiner education system is focused on learning through play, breaking down the structural demands of English, maths, geography, art, science into more free-form ideas of learning through doing. Art and self-awareness are core tenets of the Steiner system, with all children beginning their day with movement before settling down to the more book-focused learning. (Sunday December 3rd, 2017 — Tasmania Examiner - Launceston, Tasmania )

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Local Focus: How much tech should there be in schools? Tauranga Waldorf School thinks children need to be able to learn at their own pace and not be dependent on digital devices. (Friday December 1st, 2017 — New Zealand Herald )

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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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