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Scientists oppose move to recognise biodynamic farming


Petitioners fear that proposed Italian law would channel funding to unscientific agricultural methods

Scientists across Italy are mobilising against a proposed law on organic agriculture, which they say would give preferential treatment and funding to “unverified” biodynamic farming methods.

The main concern expressed in a petition launched by physicist Giorgio Parisi, the president of Italy’s science academy Accademia dei Lincei, is the fact that the law would award “legal equivalence” to biodynamic methods in agriculture, along with organic farming. This means biodynamic farming would receive the same kinds of research funding, as well as financial and government support, as other organic farming methods.

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