Bohemian: BioD Berries?
North Bay Bohemian: Biodynamic Berries (article)
Anyone who’s read this blog knows I think that the philosophical clap-trap of biodynamics is ludicrous. But discounting the negativity I might view this subject with, objectively speaking - this article has some serious problems with it.
Many of these claims attributed to the Benzigers are wild and entirely unfounded. In fact, their claims really remind me of the “snake oil” purveyors of old.
The first problem is one which runs through all the Biodynamic articles that have been written: ideas are presented as fact, with no objective proof that they are true.
Second is that these ideas (or “theories” if you will) are contrary to scientific evidence generated to date.
Let’s start with the idea “that some of the most well-known and respected winemakers in the area…open up the floors in their barreling rooms so the earth's gravitational forces can better meld with the wine's energy”…
That’s patently false. Think that a layer of concrete 4~6” deep is going to cut out gravity? NO.
In fact gravity is higher above more dense strata, and substituting a rather less dense substance such as gravel for it would lower the gravity below the barrels (theoretically – if you could measure it to that miniscule degree), not increase it.
And here’s a link to pages about gravity – with the REAL story, not some back-label clap-trap.
GRAVITY and THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA (USGS site)
Color map of the SF Bay Area's Gravity (USGS)
(click pic to enlarge)
Also there’s the statement that BioD “is consistent with France's Appellation Origine Controlée, the benchmark of excellence in France.”
Well, then… Whoop-di-dooo!
“So,” you say, “so what? The AOC in France hasn’t stopped that nation from putting out quite a few sub-standard wines in years past, and won’t again in the future.”
Then there’s the implied suggestion that BioD is the only way to create habitat for predatory insects, or even that BioD is a closed system – which it’s not. (If it were a closed system then there would be no wine flowing out of it, would there? Not to mention that sunlight is an input only, as are mechanical movements of soil, etc.)
Try this one on for size: “The treatments are considered homeopathic, because they "initiate the release of energy, and not matter.""
Einstein had it wrong all those years ago…and I guess the laws of conservation of energy and matter can be thrown out the window at will…
"In biodynamics, spring equinox is for bud break; summer solstice, for bloom; fall equinox, harvest; and winter solstice, the silence of dormancy."
"It's amazing how we change; we transition with the solar cycles." says Bob Benziger.
No shit Sherlock...and how is that different from any other farming method? Tried harvesting peaches in January in Napa County? It just doesn't work.
That's the default way plants grow - tied to the solar/earth seasonal cycle. In fact it's nearly impossible (other than greenhouses) to contradict that natural cycle. So what's it being brought up here for?
I've beaten the Horn Silica horse to death, but I'll say again - burying silica for a few months won't do anything...it was buried for millenia long before we got to it. But because we put it into a cow's horn...suddenly the stuff is imbued with magical properties?
It finishes with the same repeated "wisdom" of the different plant matters used in the BioD system - yet again without a shred of evidence or reference to research.
Do Dandelions really increase photosynthesis? Chamomile stabilizes Nitrogen? How?
How stupid to just throw these statements about without any support.