Green Party leader endorses Biodynamic plan

According to the Stroud News and Journal this week “residents have clubbed together to raise funds” for a community farm in fields near Stroud, and the leader of the UK Green Party, Natalie Bennett called the idea “an excellent plan”.

Of course, this being Stroud, the farm will be biodynamic.

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The land will not simply use integrated or organic farming systems, but will be farmed by people who want to use the methods invented by Rudolf Steiner. His lectures, given in the 1920s, show how he instructed his followers on the spiritual beings to work with and the exact recipes for preparations, still used today. You can read them online.

In Stroud we already have the headquarters of the Biodynamic Association in the UK, the Biodynamic Land Trust, a biodynamic research centre at Upper Grange, Ruskin Mill, and over 50 acres of land given over to biodynamics and used by Stroud community Agriculture.  This will now increase by 41 acres after the purchase of part of Hammonds farm near Hawkwood college.

It should come as no great surprise that Natalie Bennett has expressed support for this idea, given the apparently strong Steiner influence within the party, and the refusal of the Greens to oppose the 2 Stroud Steiner free school bids recently, despite party policy which expressly opposes free schools.

I do wonder, however, whether she is aware of anthroposophy and that biodynamics is part of Steiner’s belief system. It is more likely that she knows nothing about it at all, and has been deceived by the veneer of respectability, as have many people.

A local biodynamics consultant provided this description of  biodynamics this week, for someone who wanted to know “the details”;

 Biodynamic farming is acknowledged across the world as a highly sustainable and holistic approach to agriculture. It is 100% organic, no chemicals are used and the integrity of the plants and animals on the farm are fully respected. Specially measures are also taken to enhance the vitality and health of soil and plant life and hence the quality of the food produced. The approach was inspired by Rudolf Steiner who suggested a new way of looking at and observing nature and the human being.

With obfuscation like this it is no wonder people do not suspect there is anything wrong with biodynamics;

“…inspired by Rudolf Steiner”? Anyone would think he didn’t want people to know Steiner invented biodynamics.

The SNJ report also mentions the funding;

“Nearly 200 people pledged £250 or more…after a fundraising bid was launched by the Biodynamic Land Trust…more than £320,000 has been raised, enough for the sale to go ahead.”

The director of the Trust, Martin Large is quoted;

This is the national biodynamic community investing in what could become not just a community farm but also the base for biodynamic organisations.

200 pledges of £250 adds up to £50,000. Where is the rest of the money coming from? There is a big shortfall.

As expected there is much in the report about “protecting the land”, a “living countryside”, and” preserving wildlife”.

No doubt everything will look beautiful and all will appear harmonious and worthy, but what a shame that the belief system, or “philosophy” as Steiner people prefer to call it, is an unpleasant and secret one.

No mention at all of the ritual stuffing of deer bladders with yarrow, collecting up cow horns from dead animals to stuff with homeopathic preparations, or burning the skin of a fieldmouse to use as compost. I wonder why?

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“obtain your burned mouse-skin at the time when Venus is in Scorpio”

Here is some research material on biodynamics;

Thus you obtain your burned mouse-skin at the time when Venus is in Scorpio. And there remain, in what is thus destroyed by the fire, the corresponding negative force as against the reproductive power of the field-mouse. Take the pepper you get in this way, and sprinkle it over your fields…

It is only the real Steiner devotees who know that biodynamics is part of anthroposophy. The enthusiasts who join in, attracted by the apparently inclusive way it is practiced, know nothing of the racial hierarchies the real anthroposophists believe in; the higher beings, the astral and etheric bodies, and the 3 “classes” of spiritual knowledge only revealed to a select few.

Does it matter what those running the business believe? Yes, it does, and anyone supporting this project should make it their business to find out before they donate money to a Steiner group.

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8 comments

  1. Annunziata

    Hello Helen

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the shortfall for the farmland will be made up by the Novalis Trust – the same crowd who bought out the Halfway Inn. Outbidding everyone and making hugely inflated offers for private houses adjoining it. They seem to be the property business branch of Steiner. Quite ruthless and I believe government grants meant for the young people in their care are diverted to the property fund. I read and researched into this a few years ago … Charitable status, tax loopholes, dreadfully low wages for their care workers (usually from abroad who have accommodation thrown in) leaves plenty for the property purchases. I attended the first meeting chaired by Martin large at the British School. At that point, the biodynamos were asking for £1.5m to buy up The Camp near Bisley. It was a strange evening and despite leaving my email address for further communication, I received none. Perhaps I didn’t fit in. I think I was wearing mascara and lipstick!
    Best wishes,
    A

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  2. Jim

    Depressing – but hardly surprising. BD is after all organic and even if you are aware of the preparations and the astrological nonsense, without the wider context they can easily be dismissed as harmless. And let’s be honest, many greens are not averse to embracing ‘natural energies’ even if they don’t go to the extremes of the anthros.

  3. Jim

    On a slightly more encouraging note, they don’t always win. I dropped by the Tipputs Inn the other day, recently made a community asset and denied change of use to save it from Steinerization. It’s open again as a pub and restaurant – I’ll try it soon for a rare celebratory drink of non biodynamic wine.

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