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Episode 98 - Lin Bautze, Goetheanum Section for Agriculture, Biodynamic Farming

Lin Bautze, Scientific Collaborator and Project Manager for “Living Farms” in the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum located in Dornach, Switzerland, discusses the upcoming Biodynamic conference, which is being live-streamed world-wide (Feb. 11-14, 2021). This year’s theme, “Breathing with the Climate Crisis,” is focused on holistic solutions and actions that incorporate biodynamic farm management, land stewardship and soil regeneration strategies for carbon sequestration. The conference also has a program track for youth, and is convening several “Future Labs” through which participants from around the world can connect and collaborate on issues such as: “What is Project Drawdown and how can we engage?,” “How can you develop Community Supported Agriculture in your area?,” “How can we balance local and global economies?,” and “What is Ecocide Law?,” among many others (20 topics total).

Lin also discusses the Living Farms project, which features a growing library of videos from biodynamic farms around the world, so far including Finland, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Lithuania, and Switzerland. Biodynamic farming, a unique form of organic agriculture, consistently demonstrates enhanced soil carbon sequestration, cleaner water, stronger root growth, and even better quality of food / flavor when compared with conventional agriculture. Biodynamic practitioners regard the farm as a living organism, and incorporate seasonal and lunar rhythms and the social benefits of community engagement and gathering. Lin also shares about the deep love of soil, plants, and animals found among the global network of biodynamic farms and communities.

The global headquarters of Rudolf Steiner’s remarkable legacy, the Goetheanum is a nexus for biodynamic farming, Anthroposophy, Waldorf education, and is home to the Section for Agriculture.

Lin Bautze is Project Manager for the “Living Farms” program at the Goetheanum’s Section for Agriculture. Previously, she was Scientific Coordinator at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, where she led scientific monitoring activities for the “Strategies for Organic and Low-input-farming to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change” (SOLMACC) project, which focused on optimized nutrient management, crop rotation, reduced tillage and agroforestry in Germany, Italy, and Sweden. She was also engaged in the negotiations at Bonn, Germany for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She holds a Master’s of Science in Global Change Management from the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development in Germany, a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental and Resource Management from the Brandenburgische Technische Universitat Cottbus, also in Germany, and studied Environmental Science at the University of Buea in Cameroon. Her publications include: “The Role of Science, Technology and Innovation in Ensuring Food Security by 2030,” Mitigating the Impact of Agriculture on Air Quality and Climate Change: Solutions for Improved Nitrogen Management,” “Agriculture and Deforestation: The EU Common Agricultural Policy, Soy, and Forest Destruction,” “Participatory Forest Management in the Congo Basin: Ways for Climate Change Adaptation and Sustainable Development,” and “Organic Farming, Climate Change Mitigation and Beyond: reducing the Environmental Impacts of EU Agriculture.” She is also a yoga teacher and a music therapy educator.


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