Autonomy in agriculture

Autonomy in agriculture

20 January 2023 Sebastian Jüngel 1800 views

On 1 February at 14.00 hrs, the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum invites you to an media roundtable about agriculture as a cultural impulse, with Helmy Abouleish, Nadia El Hage, Vandana Shiva and Nathaniel Williams, chaired by Jean-Michel Florin, co-leader of the Section.


Through the food it produces, agriculture provides human beings with a basis for existence. At the same time, the ownership of agricultural resources determines the distribution of power. In earlier times this revolved around serfdom and free farmers; nowadays with licensed seed we are dealing with the definition of ownership and the dependence on suppliers. At the 2023 annual conference, the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum will consider agriculture as a cultural impulse, which ideally should lead to emancipation of the human being.

The media roundtable deals with the question of autonomy in agriculture and the approaches that promote this. This includes, for example, the small farming initiative of Sekem (Helmy Abouleish, Egypt) and the initiatives to protect seed diversity (Vandana Shiva, Alternative Nobel Prize laureate, India). Jean-Michel Florin (France) speaks about the impulse of biodynamics, which is based on the principle of autonomy, both of the farm organism and the human being. Nadia El Hage (former head of the FAO organic programme, Italy) talks about political work in this area. Nathaniel Williams (USA), head of the Youth Section at the Goetheanum, is committed to the expectations of young people for a sustainable and climate-friendly agriculture. After short contributions on the theme, the speakers will answer questions on specialist topics posed by members of the press (please register your questions in advance, as detailed below).

14.00 to 14.15 hrs: Short introductions by the panellists
14.15 to 14.45 hrs: Discussion and answers to specific questions

The media roundtable takes place online and at the Goetheanum (English Hall). Registration is required for participation at the Goetheanum. If you take part online, please join using the following link: Goetheanum.tv/Vandana Shiva


Translation by Lynda Hepburn

Conference (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish) Agriculture as a cultural impulse. Towards the 100th Anniversary of Biodynamics, 1 to 4 February 2023, Goetheanum Media roundtable (English) 1 February 2023, 14.00 to 14.45 hrs, Goetheanum, English Hall, Registration required for in-person attendance.

Lecture by Vandana Shiva 1 February 2023, 20.00 hrs.

Image Vandana Shiva at the event „Fronteiras do Pensamento“ in Porto Alegre, 2012 (Photo: Fronteiras do Pensamento)