Agriculture: An Introductory Reader [NOOK Book]

Agriculture: An Introductory Reader

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855843295
  • Publisher: Rudolf Steiner Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 601 KB

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1. The Evolving Human Being 14
The contemporary human being 15
Former evolutionary stages 17
The emergence of modern consciousness 21
The significance of changes in nutrition 28
2. Cosmos as the Source of Life 34
Stars and the significance of the zodiac 35
The sun and its planetary relationships 42
Elementary conditions and spiritual beings 46
The nature of the four primal elements 49
3. Plants and the Living Earth 54
Plants, minerals and creation 55
The plant world between earth and sun 57
Earth's seasonal and diurnal breathing processes 60
Trees and the astral environment of plants 67
4. Farms and the Realms of Nature 73
Animals and the farm individuality 74
The cow, her horns and manure 80
The mission of birds and insects 84
Fungi and plant diseases 89
5. Bringing the Chemical Elements to Life 95
The nature of the atom 96
Planetary influences on earthly life 98
Silica, lime and clay 102
The elements of organic substance 106
6. Soil and the World of Spirit 115
Nurturing the life of the soil 116
The resonance of chaos and cosmos 123
7. Supporting and Regulating Life Processes 131
Field sprays to invigorate soil and plant 132
Vitalizing solid or liquid organic fertilizers 134
Suppressing the growth of weeds 142
Regulating the abundance of pests 144
8. Spirits of the Elements 148
Elementals as the manifestations of cosmic forces 149
Elemental beings of the plant kingdom 152
Elementals as gatherers of substance 159
9. Nutrition and Vitality 163
New concepts in nutrition 164
The plant and the digestive process 166
The nutrition and health of animals 175
10. Responsibility for the Future 186
The inner challenge for human beings 187
Human influence on nature's processes 190
Recognizing the needs of spiritual beings 193
The long-term goal of humanity 197
Notes 205
Sources 225
Further Reading 231
Note Regarding Rudolf Steiner's Lectures 235
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