A Letter to the Editor of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat started a viral response, long overdue in my opinion, about the legitimacy of Bio-Dynamics.
The original letter can be read at “The Letter” link above or at the web site of the Press Democrat.
Published: Friday, April 17, 2009 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 5:34 p.m.
EDITOR: I recently viewed the “Benziger biodynamics” wine video on your Web site. There is Mike Benziger of Benziger Winery spinning biodynamics as an “ancient peasant custom … that heals the earth and makes better wine.” What poppycock. Biodynamics being based on “a spiritual science” appears to be entirely based on a faith preached by Rudolf Steiner and is more religion or wacky cult than bona-fide scientific farming discipline.
People today make all sorts of assertions with little or no connection to the truth, and biodynamics is no different. Show me the scientific experiments that prove biodynamic soils and vines are healthier and biodynamic wines are better. If these folks can prove their assertions, then I’m sure many of us would consider converting to biodynamics. Unfortunately, the supporters of biodynamics cannot provide scientific studies proving the efficacy of biodynamics, because none exists.
I don’t know whether the Benziger winery crowd are true believers, charlatans or savvy marketers to the gullible, but in my opinion, biodynamics is a hoax and deserves the same level of respect we give to witchcraft. On Earth Day or another day, animal sacrifices (a biodynamic farming practice) should not be an acceptable practice of modern day agriculture or our society.