Comparing Permaculture & Biodynamics

Marina O'Connell
Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

Marina O'Connell, co-director of the Apricot Centre, gives a brief comparison between permaculture and biodynamics.

In PM96, Marina O'Connell, co-director of the Apricot Centre, explores the similarities and differences between permaculture and biodynamics. 

Here we have a brief comparison of the two.

Permaculture principles

Biodynamic Principles

Earth Care

Work with nature rather than against it

People Care

Be  socially connected

Fair Share

Be economically viable providing right livelihoods

Design from pattern to detail

Become an organism with closed loop systems

Obtain a yield

Grow and produce high-quality food that is sold as locally as possible

Use and value diversity

 

Enable biodiversity from the soil up, with 10% of the farm given over to biodiversity and Endangered species

Use edges and value the marginal

Enables biodiversity from the soil up, 10% of the farm should be given over to biodiversity and endangered species

Integrate rather than segregate

[EW1] 

Use and value renewable resources and services

Create biological cycles and avoid pollution

 

Allow animals on the farm to express their nature - high animal welfare standards

Observe and interact

Enhance the landscape

Produce no waste

Create biological cycles and avoid pollution

Creatively respond to and respond to change

 

Use small and slow solutions

 

Catch and store energy

 

Apply self regulation and accept feedback

Become an organism with closed loop systems

 

Is cosmically connected linking plants and animals and people to the cosmic and planetary movements and working with these

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Useful links

Video: Biodynamic gardening

A quick guide to upgrading organic to biodynamic methods

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