Forgot to say why #500 and #501 are absolutely fundamental to the biodynamic method. The reason is this: #500 stimulates excellent root-hair development and mycorrhizal fungi. This is important for a lot of things, but the most fundamental thing is that plant exudates (sugars). #501 stimulates the sugar transport system of a plant.
You can tell if a plant has a Silicon/Boron problem if the Brix level of a plant is higher in the morning than the evening before.
Ben Zukisian wrote:This brings to mind a question I have always had...are vegans more likely to be pro-life when it comes to human fetuses like they seem to be with bird eggs?
I can't bring myself to harvest my male muscovy ducks, even though they are horribly rough to the females, and I admire vegans' empathy and self-control. However, why would it be unethical for a person to eat eggs from free range birds if you are following biodynamic principles and increasing the habitat for wild animals as well as your livestock while minimizing inputs? If the birds help everything else grow and ultimately increase habitat at a sustainable population (and they do), you would seem to have to remove some offspring or eggs or have overpopulation and denuding of biodiversity and productivity. That or allow predators to do so, which may seem nice for them but it won't be when the neighbor shoots a chicken prowling fox after my habituating it it to seek prey where farmers are. I have a LGD who gets an egg a day, and so do my wife and I. Our plants get great fertilizer and produce more food for us and the birds. The 14 birds live under fruit and maple trees with a 1/4acre to roam, and more if they wanted but don't seem to want to jump the fence. I could not replace their production increases without some animal, and they live a great life so what about this would make someone not want to eat my eggs? If you think humans aren't meant to, consider how pretty much any ape will eat an egg if available. Even humming birds eat insects when raising young. Life needs to consume life to continue, and I feel empathy for the plants I harvest too...I don't mean to judge, just something I've always wondered about veganism as a principal rather than a reaction to modern unethical animal farming.
Vlad Alba wrote:I'm interested in learning more about vegan biodynamics. Replacing all animal products with non-animal products. Sheaths of, say, ceramic rather than a cow horn. And instead of a bladder, what could be used?
I am really surprised I haven't seen much about this. Does anyone have any leads or examples for vegan biodynamic practices?
natalie bumblebee wrote:hello there..
in the 2019 thun calendar, they share the results of several trials they did comparing using the traditional methods of stuffing animal parts vs. using sheaths made from trees. after 2 yrs of trialing, they discovered that the highest yields and best results came from the vegetarian preparations every time. whether using horse or cow manure, the vegetarian tree sheath version outperformed the traditional animal version in every trial. seems using animal intestines are not only unnecessary, but in fact inferior. this is great news for me.. i've had great success using the thun calendar and making teas but would/will not use intestines since i'm a vegan and it goes against my ethics.. so yay! now i can add these preparations to my gardens also and it sounds like it will be all the better that i don't use animal parts.
Cee Ray wrote:I often wondered the same, how to practice bd in an ahimsa environment
the sheaths are supposed to be animal in origin (part of the magic in the mineral plant animal trine)
conks might be a workable replacement for the horns
vessels made in the style of organite are another idea, using beeswax in place of epoxy
Cee Ray wrote:Sure it may not be truly bd according to demeter certification but Steiner also said his teachings are a starting point. The ag course was only part 1 of a 3 part course so why would we stop there. And what to speak of the tropics where the typical bd plants are not present. I see no reason why analogues cannot be used while still maintaining the underlying philosophy, we just need to read more carefully between the lines and not be afraid to experiment. Steiner was also a huge advocate of homeopathy so therein lies another path, as others have already uncovered.
In my message above I meant conches, not conks.