Arden Andersen: Biological agriculture world leader returns
Arden Andersen: Biological agriculture world leader returns to NZ early 2013
Arden Andersen, one of the world’s leading proponents of biological agriculture practices will be conducting two-day courses in Ashburton and Taupo in February 2013.
The emphasis of the courses for farmers, horticulturists and supporting advisors, is to clearly demonstrate how to grow nutrient-dense crops in larger quantities with fewer petrochemical inputs and a healthy bottom line.
Andersen, in his course ‘Grow your profits with food the world wants’, will provide attendees with the latest updates and practical applications of the natural sciences that underpin biological growing practices.
“Biological farming is no longer a cottage industry mocked by chemical sales representatives and those agronomists locked into traditional thinking. It is the standard of farming sustainably, both ecologically and profitably, and in the manner necessary to feed the expanding world population,” says Andersen.
Andersen held regular courses throughout New Zealand between 2005 and 2009 and contributed significantly to the groundswell of interest in biological growing practices that have been adopted with positive economic and environmental results across all agriculture and horticulture sectors.
In the intervening years, Andersen has continued to demonstrate to farmers around the world how healthy soils make better sense. His courses show the link between soil and human health, climatic issues, and pandemics, along with the underlying solutions needed to return harmony and health to all living systems.
A practicing physician, he has also completed a graduate programme in public health management, studying the links between GMO food, increased use of toxic pesticides and significant adverse health effects.
Biological agriculture focuses on re-establishing mineral balance and enhancing beneficial microbiology in the soil and is applicable to all production sectors. The approach uses both conventional and organic farming methods and combines chemistry, physics, biology and microbiology, with the use of sound agricultural management practices.
These practices include full spectrum mineralisation and supporting microbial diversity that leads to healthy humus, reduced use of petrochemical inputs and results in a greater volume of nutrient-dense food.
Details of the two-day courses; Ashburton on February 13 to 14, and Taupo on February 18 to 19; plus two one-day human health courses to be held in Havelock North and Auckland, can be found at www.regonline.co.nz/arden2013 or on Facebook - Arden2013