Landwirtschaftliche Sektion am Goetheanum

Pierre Masson had been deeply involved with the development and spread of biodynamic agriculture for many decades, with a special interest in the preparations.



Taking an inter- and trans-disciplinary approach, we aim to bring together both academic research and farmer’s expertise to explore and discuss issues in biodynamic food and farming systems.


Presently 180,000 hectares are Demeter certified in 54 countries. The positive consequences for the earth, for global climate and for the nutrition of mankind are significant and offer encouraging perspectives.


The Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum has published the report of the Agriculture Conference 2017 "Creating fertile soil - from nature to culture".


Demeter is getting popular in Asia

report from a Biodynamic advisor and trainer

Mr. Jakes Jayakaran, Biodynamic advisor and trainer, at the BIOFACH China

Mr. Jakes Jayakaran, a well experienced Biodynamic advisor and trainer from India was in China since early May 2017 for 4 weeks. Besides a Biodynamic Training program in Xian , Demeter advisory work and several assignments in Shanghai , North East China and Dali in Yunnan Province  he also attended the IFOAM ASIA conference near Chengdu  and we are happy to inform everybody that the Secretary of Demeter India, Mr. Sundeep Kamath is now elected into the IFOAM ASIA BOARD . We are feeling that the Biodynamic movement is getting recognized seriously as an important part of the Organic movement in Asia.

On May 25th  - 27th 2017 the BIOFACH China took place in Shanghai and Mr. Jakes Jayakaran felt the importance to assist the Chinese people from the Demeter-certified Phoenix farm.

He reported as follows:

As regards the Demeter China Associations (DCA) participation in the BIOFACH  CHINA event :

“The DCA had a standard 9 square meter stall in BIOFACH 2017. I took part and was mostly present in the DCA stall on the first 2 days ( 25 & 26 May ) . There were many visitors, who came to the DCA stall, and we did our best to explain the Biodynamic Agriculture concept, and what is DEMETER. I think it was a good start to inform the Organic World people in China, that Biodynamic Farming and DEMETER standards are here to improve the standard of Organic farming in China. Incidentally, the Organic world people here in China call this DEMETER , and not Biodynamic farming ; which is an interesting way to market the Demeter brand .

Yes , it was a good start  for the DEMETER and Biodynamic  farming to be seen in the Organic market in Shanghai in China . The good news is that the Biodynamic Farming methods and Demeter standards are getting to be interesting and popular in China and Taiwan. In India also the trend is on the upswing, and we foresee exciting developments in the future on this front.”

Mr. Jakes Jayakaran is in Taiwan now having 2 Biodynamic related programs with the Organic Farmers associations of Taiwan, helping a Waldorf school's farming program, and some interactions with the local Agriculture University to get them interested in Biodynamic Farming.

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