The term “life” is without a doubt one of the most often used words when we talk about agriculture. It is clear that we give different meanings to this fundamental word at various times. We believe, therefore, that before dealing with the topic of this book we should discuss the different meanings this word can have. The Greeks used two separate words to describe Life: Bios and Zoe. Bios is biological life which develops in the horizontal world around us, while Zoe is the Life that descends from heaven, the spiritual Life (hence the word Zodiac) towards which the plant stretches vertically.
In organic agriculture there is scarcely any reference to the cosmic impulse, and this allows us to easily deduce that, no matter how well as it is practiced, organic agriculture relates exclusively to the forces of Bios.