BIODYNAMICS IS THE MOST ADVANCED AND WHOLISTIC FORM OF ORGANIC FARMING.
BIODYNAMICS IS ORGANIC 2.0
WHAT IS BIODYNAMICS®?
Biodynamics is a wholistic, ecological and ethical approach to farming, food, medicine and nutrition. Biodynamic Agriculture views the farm as a self contained and self sustaining organism. It's farmers strictly avoid all synthetic chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and transgenic contamination. Instead they stress farm-generated, living solutions to pest control and to fertility. A biodynamic farmer must set aside a minimum of 10% of their total acreage for biodiversity, Glentucky has more then 50% of it's property devoted to diversity. Biodynamics strives to be a closed system of farming especially for nutrients and fertility. It would be easy to call Biodynamics homeopathic agriculture because of the use of the preparations or medicines in this practice to create strong plants and a healthy immune system for the farm. The health and well being of the farm animals, the farmer, the farm and the Earth are all integral parts of a true wholistic system. In addition Biodynamics is a potent movement for new thinking and practices in all aspects of life connected to food, medicine and agriculture.
THE ORIGINS OF BIODYNAMICS®
In the early 1920's a group of farmers concerned with the decline in the health of soils, plants and animals sought the advice of Dr. Rudolf Steiner who had spent all his life researching and investigating the subtle forces working within nature. In 1924, around the advent of modern industrial agriculture, Steiner presented a series of workshops and lectures which formed the basic fundamental principles of Biodynamic farming and gardening. Biodynamics is a unified approach to farming that focuses as much on a healthy environment that surrounds the plant and farmer as the plant and farmer themselves. This was in sharp contrast to the view of the farm as a factory, able to boost production by importing chemical pesticides and artificial fertilizers. Steiner was one of the first public figures to question the long term benefits of modern industrial agriculture and offer Biodynamics as an alternative. Biodynamics was introduced to the US in the 1930's and is gaining traction now as the "New Organics".
One must be certified by Demeter to use the word biodynamic. Certification requires that the farm be maintained biodynamically for 3 years, which includes not using artificial pesticides and fertilizers. A farm must be inspected annually and certification is awarded on a yearly basis. Certification includes maintaining a double protocol, one for farming and one for processing (for finished products) Biodynamic certification is the most challenging certification to achieve because it puts the people and earth first. Note: We know that many organic farmers exceed the NOP organic standards.
• Regulated by US government & FDA. Started in 2002. • Allows inputs to be imported from outside the farm. • Only designated production areas must be maintained under certification. • No biodiversity requirement. • No animal requirement. • One standard for processing. • No requirement.
• Regulated by Demeter, a private worldwide certifier and owner of biodynamic trademark. Started in 1928. • Inputs are mostly provided from within the farm. • Entire property must be maintained biodynamically. • Requires at least 10% of property devoted to biodiversity. • Use of animals and grazing on property required over time. • Processing standards are created for individual products. Minimal manipulation required. • Requires the use of the eight biodynamic medicines or preparations on the land and on plants.