Biodynamic agriculture is the world's oldest alternative agricultural movement. It is not well- known, however, in the United States. This article provides a basic foundation for practitioners and professionals to develop a comprehensive framework and understanding of the paradigm for biodynamic agriculture. It compares ontological, epistemological, and methodological beliefs about traditional, industrial, organic, and biodynamic agriculture. A paradigmatic model for inquiry developed by Egon Guba was used in analyzing biodynamic agriculture. As the industrial paradigm of agriculture is increasingly challenged by environmentalists an understanding of alternative agricultural paradigms becomes more important. This basic understanding should be based on disciplined analysis rather than on emotion, myth, and superstition.
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