One Man, One Cow, One Planet

“Rather that battle the problem he lives the solution, Peter keeps his hands in the soil!”

– Quote from the movie One Man, One Cow, One Planet (Cloud South Films, NZ)

About the documentary film: One Man, One Cow, One Planet (Amazon) follows Peter Proctor, New Zealand’s father of biodynamics along the back roads of rural India, revealing the miracle of organics and the farmers who are reclaiming their agricultural heritage.

I heard of this film from Rob Bowers, co-owner of Whitted Bowers Farm, which by the way, is North Carolina’s first to be certified as a biodynamic farm.

You can view the film in six segments from a share on YouTube, the first segment will get you access to all the remaining segments.

More quotes that inspire me to continue a study in biodynamics:

“Biodynamic raised plants costs the same or less to produce when compared to traditional and conventional chemical farming methods, because biodynamic produce can get anywhere from 10% to 100% more at market.”


“One of the benefits of biodynamic farming is that you can make all your fertilizer; you don’t have to buy anything. One of the benefits in India is all of the biomass that the farmer can grow from cow manure and convert it to healthy viable compost.”


“There is no real comparison between conventional farming and biodynamic farming, because the biodynamic farmer nourishes his soil, he is the steward of the soil because he knows it’s going to be needed for the next hundred, two hundred, three hundred years. A conventional farmer all his fertile soil is gone within ten years.”


 “With biodynamic farming the composted soil retains water during heavy rainstorms and there is very good vertical penetration with little to no run off. People are reporting that they are using 50% less water when using biodynamic agriculture methods because the soil can hold and retain more moisture. Organic farming sustains in drought conditions, especially during low irrigation periods.”


At Mahatma Gandhi‘s Sabarmati Ashram in Aminabad, India we are reminded of Gandhi’s message; “Food Sovereignty: The right of all people to define their own food and agriculture free of international market forces.”


“We want food independence; we don’t need Monsanto or Syngenta telling us what crops we should grow, or what we should harvest, or what foods we should eat!”


“It is morally wrong for one company to own all the seed and control all facets of the seed; no one has the right to own seed in that way. Seed belongs to farmers, it belongs to everybody.”


“The Indian Continent at one time grew over 30,000 varieties of rice, today there are no more than 15. New varieties are environmentally unsustainable and nutritionally deficient. The current “genetic” quick fix is being promoted to rescue failing crops and ruined soils.”


“In despair 150,000 Indian farmers have killed themselves since 1993. Some drink their pesticides; others burn, hang, or drown themselves.”


“In 2006 U.S. President George W. Bush visited India and met with Indian Prime Minister Manmoham Singh, and they signed an agreement that could bring Indian agriculture under the control of multi-national corporations. In Delhi tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to protest these dealings. Under the guise of patent rights and seed ownership, this agreement will impose a new kind of serfdom to the world people of India.”


“It could be seen as the perfect business model: Build a market by creating a need that did not exist, and then expand that market until it wraps an entire nation in dependency. ”


BIORe stands for Biodynamic and Organic Farming, BIORe stands for transparency, it stands for long-term partnerships, and long-term commitment. We don’t treat our farmers as just suppliers or just sources of production, and one of the main tasks that we have here is to be able to make the soils of the farmers healthy so that they can farm the lands for a long period of time.” – Rejeev Baruah, Managing Director, Mai Kaal boirRe (India) Ltd.


“During the preparations stirring procedure they count the number of revolutions during the first half-hour and then the number during the last half-hour of the stir and the second half hour is actually about half the number of stirs as in the first half hour. As the stir continues the water becomes more viscous, and it’s quite amazing. ” – Peter Proctor


 “The BIORe project is linking cotton farmers to consumers through the textile chain, creating a new sustainable community. Any for consumers that buy this product you are supporting the farmers and you look to change or look to improve their livelihood, and helping to elevate poverty in a sense. “


“In biodynamics the flow of energy is reversed, it is a profound local alternative to the corporate model of globalization that is incapable of addressing the human need that we all share, for self-realization and self-determination. “


“Steiner points out that a food actually helps you make moral decisions and moral thoughts. It’s not just something for your stomach, it actually gives you a real quality of thought, and you realize that this is what the world is needing. And you see leaders of our countries and it’s horrible what’s happened to the things that come to serve us, and you know jolly well that’s because they are not thinking properly. And Steiner points out that it is important to have spiritual thoughts, and it’s not meant to say that you are holier than the other and so on. There is actually a world thought, a heart thought, respect and consideration for other human beings. And I think this relates to a respect for the land and the produce that comes out of there.” – Peter Proctor


“I believe that India is the hope of the world, and that’s why I’ve thrown my hat into the ring in India because I realize that this is one country where biodynamic agriculture could take on and Indian folk are the sort of kind of born teachers and they can move out and they can go into neighboring countries where a white face isn’t appreciated but the Indian face would be and they can tell other farmers in other countries what Biodynamics are about. I just feel that there is a huge possibility here.” – Peter Proctor


“It is so simple it is so easy, you don’t have to be a PHD and all those sorts of things, you can be a kiwi farmer and you can do it!” – Peter Proctor


(Note: Many quotes are paraphrased, summarized, reworded, interpreted or translated from the original source including those under narration by Peter Coyote. )