But life is not mechanical.
To begin to comprehend life, a fundamental shift in our approach is required; one that seeks to comprehend the qualities of the living organism as a whole, and in relation to its whole environment, which extends, ultimately and logically, to the outer limits of the cosmos.
This fundamental shift of approach lies at the heart of biodynamic agriculture, which stands as the qualitative opposite of the genetically manipulative approach to agriculture in nearly every way. The major difference between these two approaches, however, lies not in their methodology, but in the modes of consciousness that underlie them.
By offering us a glimpse into his own wrestling with the thinking behind both biodynamics and genetic engineering, Jonathan Code, teacher,
gardener, alchemist, points the way toward a "deeper understanding for how our work with the land, with plants and animals, may be a catalyst not only for the transformation of compost and soil, but also for a transformation of consciousness."
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Table of Contents
1 Beginnings 17
2 Digging In 31
3 The Dance of Dandelions 61
4 Encountering Alchemy 79
5 Separate, Purify, and Recombine 95
6 Dragons and Hens 109
7 Three-in-One 121
8 The Turning Point 149
9 A Distillation of Words 165
10 Poeïsis 193
Post Script 203
The Way It Is by William Stafford 205
An Offer of Praise 206
Cited Works and Suggested Reading 207
About the Author and Illustrator 211