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While native inhabitants, intimately knowledgeable with their local soil and weather conditions, have oftentimes known to plant in harmony with the lunar cycles (see more info here), Maria Thun, a leading authority on biodynamic agriculture, took this idea one step further.

Why is local so important? Locavorism, buying and eating from local sources in season, is very much in the headlines these days. But localism is important on many levels, not just food and agriculture.

Lunar and Solar rhythms in biodynamic agriculture - Moon Phases

Two recent articles made me aware of a truer meaning of sustainable agriculture and where we need to go next in our farm-to-table awareness.

You may have read food critic Michael Pollan’s famous food slogans to “eat food, not too much, mostly plants,” and to eat only “what your great-grandmother would have recognized as food.” This excludes of course all the processed bad-for-you convenience foods, and basically recommends making your own out of a few good base ingredients.

Candraprabha, Personification of the Moon, late 7th–8th C. Central Thailand. personifying planets has Vedic origins in ancient India and was part of the veneration of the elements in S.E. Asia.

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