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And on this week’s show!
Continuing our “connecting to source” series interviewing regenerative farmers, futuresteaders, urban farmers, and researchers, this week I interviewed Biodynamic Dairy farmer, Rob Watson, of Mungalli Creek in QLD. On Rob’s farm, you find rainforest, kangaroos, and cassowaries all around and if one of the cows is feeling a little unwell, you’ll commonly find them being treated with homeopathics or special essential oil blends – what a life! If you want to look at how Biodynamic dairy farming works, I ask for a lot of technical detail, including details about what makes biodynamic farming and soil special, medical care of the animals, calves, life, and death, and production of the products. I hope you enjoy the show and it inspires you to support your farmer.
Questions I asked Rob:
How does farming biodynamically differ from conventional dairy farming practices
- Natural soil fertility vs pushing the soil beyond its biological limits
- Pasture diversity vs an artificial monoculture
- Feeding cattle a natural diet pasture vs grain and concentrates. GMO’s
- Rotational grazing
- Grazing vs feedlots and mixed rations.
- Poisons, antibiotics, synthetic hormones. BD farmers work with nature whereas chemical farmers seem to be continuously fighting against it
- Challenges and benefits of B.D farming
Is Biodynamic farming more sustainable both in the short and longer term?
- What is sustainability
- The many costs of chemical fertilizers, energy, and environmental costs, upsetting soil biology, cow health
- Profitability and financial costs of current farming methods,
- Farming sustainably well into the future
- Family vs corporate farming
Is Biodynamic dairy better for you?
Some subjects I could discuss include
- Dairy has received a bad rap, is it milk or the way it is produced?
- The vitality of food
- Supermarkets and the expectation of cheap food by the majority of consumers. Farmers take shortcuts to survive in a tough market
- The hidden costs of cheap food.
- Technology vs nature
- Poisons hormones and antibiotics
- Happy cows. Grazing vs feedlot
- Excessive processing of food
Other helpful links:
More about Mungalli Biodynamic
Enjoy the show,