Eric receives us in the fields. A wooden shed, stark green slopes that delineate his parcels of land, a vegetable garden in which the bunches of red and yellow tomatoes climb up their poles and shelter a flock of nimble little birds, chirping away between the rays of light.
Everything is simple. He shows Maurice a system that houses geese in order to fertilize a parcel of land. Eric travelled to India and learned something essential there: to work using the minimum of external resources, and it is clearly visible that this is the philosophy guiding his entire work.
How is it possible that people continue using more and more chemicals in the farms where he previously worked, without the causes of the problems being addressed? How is it possible that other people were obtaining results without having to use synthetic chemicals? These reflections are what led Eric to call things into question and to opt for biodynamic farming.
With a combination of surprise and mischievousness, he explains how the other farmers gradually grew interested in his work, and how, little by little, he is contributing, even in a modest way, to opening people’ minds with the introduction of such techniques as organic and biodynamic agriculture. And this is precisely the reason for Man and the Earth: cultivating the land on the visible level, and cultivating an opening of minds on the immaterial level.
from Bernard for la Terre et les Hommes, le 6 mars 2011