By Marion Nestle
Just as certified organic tomatoes and tofu have made themselves a comfortable home in mainstream grocery stores, a new term is creeping into the consciousness of the farm-to-food elite. Biodynamic farming is a 90-year-old concept with an almost cult-like following reminiscent of organic before it exploded. The practice takes organic techniques of bolstering soil health and avoiding chemical fertilizers and pesticides and goes a few steps further with the aim of not only using the land sustainably but actively "healing" past damage. The quasi-mystical parts of the practice will not sit easily with everyone, but that won't stop the real-world techniques from catching on, according to a story in the May 30 San Francisco Chronicle.