When I first read about agrohomeopathy (i.e. the use of potentised preparations for the health of plants and soils) I thought that it must be a hoax. Then I realised that it was entirely serious (a Google search returns ~28 000 hits for ‘agrohomeopathy’) – serious but nevertheless too weird for words. Because it is so utterly unbelievable, I cite (in italics) the key parts of an article on the subject.

What’s better than ORGANIC or BIODYNAMIC farming? AGROHOMEOPATHY! What is Agrohomeopathy? It’s the specialized area of homeopathy used to treat your garden and crops. Agrohomeopathy is the most chemical free, non-toxic method of growing food and other crops that you can get. Agrohomeopathy makes your plants resistant to disease and pests by strengthening them from the inside out. In nature, it is the weakest of organisms that are attacked and destroyed. Agrohomeopathy helps build up the plant’s basic structure and gives it optimum health, thus reducing and sometimes even eliminating it’s susceptibility. And the skeptics can’t blame THESE effects on placebo, can they?!….

Homeopathic treatment for your crops is a win-win situation. It is backed by decades of research and practice. Try it for yourself and see. And if you have problems or need help, there are experts in the field who are eager to help, who want to get your feedback & experience…

If you think this is far-fetched, rest assured that other sources go even further. Look at this statement, for instance:

Agro-Homeopathy not only treats the disease symptoms of the plant and performs preventive actions, but can also treat traumas retained in the biological memory of the plant, which resulted from conditions such as forced hybridization, moving to places outside their natural habitats , or exaggerated fertilization that maximizes production to the extreme.

So, plants have a ‘biological memory’ that is able to retain information of a past trauma! Fascinating, this gets more fantastic by the minute.

And there is plenty of practical advice too; just consider this helpful hint, if you are a keen gardener: the effects and benefits of homeopathic Silicea are so numerous that an entire article has been devoted to them at: Homeopathic Silica – The Gardener’s Friend. Needless to say, Silicea is one remedy no gardener or farmer should be without…

According to this website, homeopathic silica is a miracle cure; it

  1. Aids germination of seeds
  2. Reduces transplant shock
  3. Strengthens weak and spindly plants
  4. Increases vigour and resistance of plants to pests, moulds, and mildew
  5. Aids water retention in plants growing on arid soils
  6. Stimulates flower growth, both in number and size
  7. Assists seed generation and development
  8. Improves fruit-setting when applied after flowering
  9. Stimulates premature flowering and prevents seed formation when applied in overdose to weeds
  10. Changes the ionisation of soil particles so that water-repellent soil readily absorbs moisture … and more!

The sceptics can indeed not blame ‘THESE effects’ on placebo. Nobody needs to do that because they do not exist! I could not find a single piece of reliable evidence to demonstrate that highly diluted homeopathic remedies can cure diseases of plants.

I hope that a few agrohomeopathic readers of these lines will correct me by showing me solid data – but somehow I doubt it.

49 Responses to Agrohomeopathy: one couldn’t make it up!

  • Here’s a link to a wonderful German website that will excite you: it’s Neudorff, the producers of gardening products like fertilizers and herbicides. They also do agrohomeopathy, and their products are everywhere in all gardening centers I’ve recently been to here in the greater Hamburg area, one of the biggest regions of plant nurseries in the world… that are not exactly famous of respecting EU directives about pesticides in groundwater.

  • At least no humans harmed this time

  • This is hilarious! If a mineral were missing from the soil that a plant needed…why would you add a homeopathic version of that mineral instead of the actual mineral?

  • Selectively eliminating weeds with a homeopathic overdose. I love it. Let’s see. This must be a potentiated dilution of something that originally had the opposite effect. Or has that doctrine been left by the wayside?
    I don’t want to look at the original articles lest I realize that they were only satire.

  • Is agrohomeopathy more effective or less effective than talking to the plants (the latter method is advocated by a royal authority on matters of both horticulture and homeopathy)?

  • Notice how every condition it is claimed to benefit is subjective and not measurable. A characteristic feature of pseudoscience.

  • So the plants have a memory – mmm, is that because they contain molecules of water that has a memory?

  • All products making health benefit claims for crops have to be approved in the UK under EU Regulation 1107/2009 (or its predecessors). The active component of the preparation MUST also be approved at the EU level, no matter how benign. The full list can be found here

    Agrohomeopathy is almost certainly completely ilegal. Someone should report them to the Chemicals Regulation Directorate branch of HSE who regulate such things in the UK.

    • The only problem is, is that I think its legal to sell water to put on you plants. And that is exactly what they are doing. save money and get it straight from your local water authority. It’ll have memory of fertilizer that should kill your weeds, and weed killer that should make your desired plants grow nicely.

  • I’ll ask my ficus to discuss this with its therapist next week.

  • All the snide remarks aside – here is an experiment you can carry out at home.

    Buy a sundew plant.
    Buy a homeopahtic remedy called ammonium carb. liquid form.
    Put some drops of tap water on the leaves of the plant…. Nothing will happen.
    Put some drops of the remedy on the leaves…. the leaves will contract at once (reacting to the remedy).

  • Well I misread Darwins instructions and used a 6C potency, whereas it should have been only something like 7X. However, the plant reacted to 6C as well.

    • nobody disputes that solutions which contain molecules can have effects on biological systems. homeopathy is disputed because of the use of ultra-molecular remedies and the ‘like cures like’ principle. your experiment does not test either of them.

    • I agree with L.H. Olavius , 6 c is more effective and work well after adopting the Succussion .

  • Interesting, the plant reacted to a 6C (which is 1 to I have tried with a higher potency (12C) on a different plant (the flytrap) with so-so results. Only when the plant was fresh the leaves reacted. But I am sure you are aware of the many on-going experiments with ultra-dilute potencies – not only on plants.

    I was not aware that my experiment should prove the likes-cures-like principle?, but again I am sure – if you have read the Organon by Hahnemann – you should know what is meant by this principle and how often you see this principle in nature.

    And are you saying you would be ok with homeopathy if only they sticked to low potencies and used a book like Clarkes Presriber as a guide?

    • I would not trust anything Clarke has written: “Clarke was a leading advocate of anti-Semitism and served as chairman of The Britons from its formation in 1919 until his death as an associate of Henry Hamilton Beamish. He wrote several articles on Christianity that have a militant bent. When Beamish became a fugitive and fled England, Clarke became the head of The Britons. In fact, he even formed and joined, with two others, its splinter organization, the Britons Publishing Society” []

  • Do you know the book The Prescriber? What does your comment has to do with that book? It is a therapeutic guide and was meant as an example as such and I could have mentioned Tyler, Raue, Boericke, Jahr, Lillientahl, etc.

    I am much more interested in getting a reply to my question – are you saying homeopathy is ok in low potencies using a therapeutic guidebook as guidance?

  • So to understand you correctly, as long as homeopaths sticks to lower potencies (like in France) you are ok with it?

    • no!
      you still have to show that the treatment you give/promote is effective and safe.
      all I was saying was that remedies which contain something might actually work

    • I am a technical person , a farmer , a agriculture technocrat ( M.Sc Agriculture 1976 pass out ) ant 40 years experience in Agriculture , reading & using homeopathy since 1987 and working in Agrohomeopathy since 2000.Till today I have made a number of field trials and most of them were successfull.

    • this article seems to be about the development of a methodology to measure effects; what do you want to say by quoting it?

  • Well, with agrohomeopathy it is so easy – you just have to try it and that’s all. I have tomatoes which are growing outside in rainy and quite cold dutch climate. They still have no brown spots thanks to homeopathy (beginning of september).
    I had full garden with snails. Thanks to Helix tosta, I do not have any of them anymore. The same goes for aphids and ants. I haven’t used a lot of homeopathy in my small garden but every time I use I am surprised. But you need knowledge and it is quite complicated.

  • I remember our summer garden and struggle with pests and diseases. We tried to use as little industrial poisons as possible – e.g. covered strawberry beds with peat, gathered slugs by hand and used tobacco brew (home made) for larvae of a nasty beetle and, of course, weeding. This had some results, but nothing compared to the ones achieved by real factory-produced poisons, containing pure active substances, unlike tobacco brew. And, of course, I know that for example “premature flowering and prevention of seed formation” will not help against e.g. couchgrass with its rhizomes.
    So I cannot believe that these agrohomeopaths have had any close contact with land used for agriculture.

  • I have heard all these “comments” against Homeopathy and Agro-Homeopathy. It is disappointing. All one has to do is try it. We sell organic, pasture raised meat in the North Texas (Dallas) Area. In the last 10 years we have not used antibiotics, herbicides, or any non-organic chemical or process. People have ask us how we keep pests, disease and create such immunity. As a response, we are starting to share with others now. Study Homeopathy without bias, try it starting with Acute issues and then later learn to cure chronic issues. As for the “Science” issues. James Lind ( treated Scurvy in 1747. Vitamin C was not discovered (his cure) until the 1930’s when Albert Szent-Györgyi discovered the chemical ascorbic acid—also known as vitamin C—that enables the body to efficiently use carbohydrates, fats, and protein.

    So lets not get hung up on “science” that we can not YET explain (though I think Iris Bell, MD is on the correct path). Try it after serious study and lets save the world from poisons and GMO.

    • right let’s try it! but in a controlled scientific fashion that allows to establish cause and effect. this has been done many times for homeopathy, and the result is negative,

      • Hello Mr Edzard . Please do the trials at farmers fields in large number . Hope you will believe that it works .most important is that while using Agrohomeopathy – you mus use homeopathy drugs from seed treatment to maturity & in advance and should not wait the plant disease or insect to harm it , but spray the material as a routine before the occurence time of insects-pests or the disease. Homeopathy helps the plants to have a strong immunity and thus neutrilise the effect of enemy.

    • Here is Ted J. Maines;

      Of which this is an excerpt;

      What are your interests besides homeopathy? Inquiring minds want to know.
      Living For God and Following Jesus Christ, Family, Sustainable, Organic Ranching/Farming

      He lives in a fantasy world so it is no surprise he embraces yet another fantasy. Typical mid-West loon.

  • Putting Science in quotes shows ones understanding of the scientific method is nil. And you have probably fooled yourself into believing nonsense. Famous quote:

    Science is what we have learned about how to keep from fooling ourselves. –Richard Feynman (1918-1988)

  • This year I used homeopatic dilution spray to rid my roses of aphids. One light spray done about 3 weeks ago and I have no aphids. Usually by this time all the roses would be full of them. I am satisfied that it works and safe for children and pets

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