By Hamish Mackay
The first thing that struck me when I was introduced to biodynamics in 1972 was the potential of increasing the humus level in the top few centimetres of topsoil and making Australia drought resilient if not drought free. The journey has been long but I remain certain that Australian agriculture will be very different by 2024, witness the readiness for increasing numbers of farmers to discuss and consider the potential of regenerative agriculture, in whatever form. Biodynamics is the only western scientific agricultural practice that draws on both Earthly and Cosmic – non material – forces and substances, a combination I have observed gives confidence that we can feed the growing world population without destroying the planet and ourselves.
In almost every biodynamic workshop I have participated on over the last 40 years the question arises about using Australian native plants and animals for making “Australian” biodynamic preparations.