Agro homeopathy is a thing. Yeah it could be mistranslated but homeopathy is so different from the concept of organic farming I don't think it was. My guess is that they grew their hops in great soil with good sunlight, protection from the wind, pruned and mulched them properly, gave them just the right nutrients, used homeopathic treatments, perfect climate... And guess what? The homeopathic treatment worked, see!
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Agreed. One thing that's odd about placebos is our ability to see them work on things outside of us: homeopathy for pets, acupuncture for pets, and now plants.
When I did a google scholar search I saw that the term agro-homeopathy was coined in 1976. If it was effective I would expect to see it used more. Obviously I'm no expert but farms are like any other business and look for things that raise yield and lower loss.
From what I've seen on twitter, this comedy sketch from Mitchel and Webb about a homeopathic emergency room really annoys homeopaths:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMGIbOGu8q0