The Earth's Face

Landscape and its relation to the health of the soil

Ehrenfried E. Pfeiffer; Foreword by R. George Stapledon

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A wide-ranging study of different landscapes and the effects on soil fertility of both natural processes and artificial intervention.

210 x 148 mm
Lanthorn Press
Biodynamics & Organics
60 b/w illustrations
144 pages
Publication date:
01 Jan 1988


Ehrenfried Pfeiffer was a pioneer of biodynamics, first in Switzerland and then in the USA in the pre- and post-war years. This wide-ranging book reflects his concern for the different landscapes of the earth, and the effects of industrialisation and mechanisation on our environment.

He studies various landscapes, including plains, mountains and woods as well as urban centres, parks and gardens, and explores what factors -- natural and artificial -- lead to the maintenance or loss of soil fertility.

He calls on all people to take responsibility for our landscapes. His opinions and vision for the future are remarkably relevant today, sixty years on from the original publication.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Landscapes
3. Problems of the Plain
4. Problems of the Mountains
5. Problems of the Woods
6. Urban Civilization, Industry and the Landscape
7. Park and Garden, Beauty and Utility
8. Some Basic Biological Principles
9. Our Past, Present and Future Shaping of Environment
10. Landscape Consciousness and Man's Responsibility


Ehrenfried Pfeiffer (1899-1961) was born in Munich. He visited the USA several times in the 1930s, was awarded a doctorate for his groundbreaking Sensitive Crystallisation theory as a blood test for detecting cancer, and emigrated there in 1940. He pioneered biodynamic agriculture in the USA and helped found the Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association. He died in Spring Valley, New York.

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