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Land and Economy: Agriculture Between the Farm and the World


  • Goetheanum Hill path 59 CH-4143 Dornach Switzerland (map)

"Wie gross oder klein soll der landwirtschaftliche Betrieb sein? / How big or small should the farm be?”

Join IMA co-director, Steffen Schneider at the 2019 International Annual Conference of the Biodynamic Movement, Switzerland, for a workshop with Thomas Harttung exploring farm scale in the regenerative economy.

More about the conference below. For a full program and to register, click here.

The biodynamic agriculture produces in direct partnership with the living nature. If she does not want to dry out financially, she must consciously seek proximity to the market. Many innovations (such as CSA) have emerged in this field of tension. The conference is a platform for exchange and mutual inspiration for a self-designed rural economy. Examples from different countries are presented. How can we economically capture and shape the farm organism? How do regional associative networks work? Does agriculture have a special job in the global economy? With these questions and concrete examples we want to recreate the basic principles and the guiding principles of associative economics.

In addition to the plenary contributions there are in-depth forums, for example on the subject of food systems - from the field to the plate, associative North-South trade relations, common ground etc. In 20 workshops, the exchange of experience is maintained, there are artistic courses and guided tours at the Goetheanum. The conference will be held in 5 languages (German, English, French, Spanish, Italian). It is open to all interested people.

Contributors include: Helmy Abouleish and Mona Lenzen Abouleish (Egypt), Gerald Häfner (Germany), changes Schanck (Luxembourg), Ganguly Choitresh Kumar and Kairaly Manisha (India), Christoph Simpfendörfer (Germany), Boris Voelkel (Germany), Hermann Pohlmann (Germany), Aline Haldemann and Christian Butscher (Switzerland) Jennifer Chang (South Korea), Ueli Hurter (Switzerland), Volkert Engelsman (Netherlands), Patrick Holden (England).