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Food, Spirituality and Social Change-A Biodynamic Perspective with Robert Karp – 5/31/14

June 6, 2014

We have been discussing the sacred practices of gardening and farming, and speaking with people who make their living in this calling…….tending and caring for the Earth.  So many social changes have influenced a resurgence in honoring this life calling, and this week our Guest helps bring many of these factors together….agriculture, economics, spirituality…… in a discussion about biodynamic farming.

Biodynamics is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition. Biodynamics was first developed in the early 1920s based on the spiritual insights and practical suggestions of the Austrian writer, educator and social activist Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925).  Today, the biodynamic movement encompasses thousands of successful gardens, farms, vineyards and agricultural operations of all kinds and sizes on all continents, in a wide variety of ecological and economic settings.

IMG_1902Robert Karp is the executive director of the Biodynamic Association and is a long-time social entrepreneur in the sustainable food and farming movement. Robert has helped start numerous innovative food projects, including community supported agriculture projects (CSAs), farmers’ markets, institutional buying projects and farmer-buyer-consumer alliances. He is also the founder of New Spirit Farmland Partnerships, LLC which helps organic farmers gain access to farmland by facilitating partnerships with social investors. Robert is the former executive director of Practical Farmers of Iowa, and former board chair of the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Robert’s writings include an analysis of the sustainable food and farming movement in the light of Rudolf Steiner’s economic insights titled Toward an Associative Economy in the Sustainable Food and Farming Movement and an essay titled “Community and Agriculture: An Iowa Pilgrimage” published by Free River Press in Eating in Place: Telling the Story of Local Foods.  Robert’s recent articles include Agriculture and the Sacred, Strengthening the Heart of the Food Movement: Biodynamics and the Deregulation of GMO Alfalfa, and Toward a Holistic Approach to the Threat of GMO’s.

You can find out more about Robert and the Biodynamic Association at www.biodynamics.com.

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