Science measures health only by the number of nutrients present in a foodstuff. But that is not the whole story. In biodynamics, health is much more than mere nutrients; it’s about vitality which in turn is the holistic indicator of quality. Over the last 7O years or so, scientists interested in this have developed specialized analytic techniques which reveal fascinating inner pictures of many popular foodstuffs.
Known as “sensitive” or “bio-crystalisation”, it involves mixing copper chloride solutions with liquid extracts of plants, fruits, cereals, wine, milk etc, then evaporating the solutions to form crystal patterns, which are then photographed. The resulting ‘picturegrams’ resemble those that appear in winter on frozen windows, and are increasingly being used as an indicator of quality. The Crystal Lab in Holland gives a flavour of how this method can help us understand nutritional quality in our food at a deeper level.
Thousands of meticulous experiments have allowed exhaustive comparisons – these days computerized – between conventional, organic and biodynamic crops. The results are pretty conclusive: picturegrams of biodynamically grown foods (and wines) show the greatest harmony and look the least “stressed ” or chaotic. Put simply, if health equals harmony equals quality – then biodynamic methods consistently come out top.
Current scientific knowledge is unable to explain understand this phenomenon, but the new progressive approaches to understanding this miracle called life are changing things fast.
In the meantime, many wine growers already use these techniques as a valuable markers of quality, taste and ageing potential of their wines. Proof if any were needed that vitality, health, taste, harmony and happiness are indeed linked!
Photo credit & copyright:
Jenny Zarins, Kyle Books