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Growing biodynamic roses

An Italian company grows roses as well as some fruits and cereals via biodynamic agriculture which is known for the absence of chemical fertilisers and toxic weed killers.
Growing biodynamic roses
Biodynamic agriculture, an ecological and sustainable system of agricultural production founded by philosopher Rudolf Steiner, has been widely adopted in northern European countries. It is a method based on the belief that chemical farming has caused major problems. This is because conventional agriculture has stripped the earth of its nutrients, in turn making plants dependent on chemical fertilisers for their minerals.

Now, an Italian company has adopted the biodynamic method of growing flowers particularly roses, fruits and cereals. Instead of using weed killers, natural competitors have been introduced into the environment. Also, minerals have been brought in through the growth of herbs and through natural fertilisers made by the company.

The company is conducting research in order to increase production. Furthermore, it seeks technological partners for the co-operation in the improvement of rose production and commercial partners for the introduction of roses into foreign markets. A main advantage is that the roses are free of chemical agents, which can also be of significant interest for the production of cosmetics, perfumes and healthcare products.

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Record Number: 82968 / Last updated on: 2006-10-23
Domain: Biology, Medicine