The following excerpt is from page 11 of Rudolf Steiner’s book AGRICULTURE, which is a collection of all the lectures and discussions given in June 1924 upon which Biodynamics is based. I chose to include the unbroken section so that you the reader can get a true picture of Steiner’s beliefs.
“People nowadays don’t even know how human beings and animals are nourished, let alone plants. They think nourishment consists in our eating the substances that are around us. First these go into the mouth, and then into the stomach. Then some of them are deposited in the body and some of them are excreted. Next the deposited portion is used up and also gets excreted, after which it is again replaced. People conceive of nutrition in the most superficial fashion. But the fact is that the foodstuffs taken in through the stomach do not build up our bones, muscles, and other tissues – they only build up our head. Everything that enters the body by way of the digestive organs, and is then metabolized and distributed, only provides materials to be deposited in the head, in what belongs to the nerve-sense system. On the other hand, the substances we need for building up our limbs or our metabolic organs – the long bones in our legs or arms, or our intestines, for instance – those substances do not come from the food taken in by way of our mouth and stomach; instead they are absorbed from our whole environment by means of our breathing, and even via our sensory organs. Within each human being, the following process is continually taking place: What is taken in through our stomach streams upward and is put to use in our head, while what comes from the air and the rest of our surroundings is taken in through our head – our nerve-sense system – and then streams downward to build up the organs of our digestive system or our limbs. So, if you want to know what kind of substance your big toe is made up of, you must not look to your food. On the other hand, if you ask where the substance of your brain comes from, then you do have to look to your food.” Bolding and italicizing added, If this isn’t hippie, dippy, wacky commune back to the Earth zeitgeist what is?
Steiner’s own words couldn’t make it any clearer that his beliefs and reasoning are both fictional and fraudulent and yet this is the basis of Biodynamic farming, which is growing with an ever increasing number of wineries proudly proclaiming that they are Certified Biodynamic grape growers. BTW, Steiner never explains the origins for his unorthodox beliefs. He never says that his beliefs are because of this research or that experiment that he conducted he has come to these beliefs; because I believe he never did any and created them out of whole cloth.
To those of you who believe in Biodynamic farming, please explain and/or defend Steiner’s utterly unique view of biology.