In de­fence of bio­dy­nam­ics

Decanter - - LETTERS -

I WRITE IN re­sponse to Chris Batchelder’s dis­missal of bio­dy­namic wine­mak­ing as ‘clap­trap’ (‘let­ters’, July). This ap­proach is based on the lu­nar cy­cle. The lu­nar ef­fect on tides is sci­en­tif­i­cally proven. Plants are made al­most 70% from wa­ter (sap), as are hu­mans. There is noth­ing su­per­sti­tious here – just an aware­ness of na­ture’s power to com­bat dis­ease pres­sures via nat­u­ral treat­ments.

To­day some of the world’s most fa­mous winer­ies use bio­dy­namic grape-grow­ing meth­ods. Their out­stand­ing achieve­ments are cer­tainly not ‘clap­trap’. We need to be open minded with a strong back­bone of knowl­edge to eval­u­ate and ap­pre­ci­ate the ben­e­fits of bio­dy­namic grape-grow­ing meth­ods. Irony and sar­casm have no place in dis­cus­sions about bio­dy­namic meth­ods of agri­cul­ture. Mar­ios Nek­tar­ios Bi­leris, by email

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