While organic is well known in the U.S. market, biodynamic is a fairly unknown concept even though its history spans back nearly nine decades. Developed in 1942 by Austrian scholar Rudolf Steiner, biodynamic farming is the ecological-ethical-spiritual approach to agriculture, viewing the farm as a living organism — self-contained, self-sustaining and following the cycles of nature while healing our planet in the process.
It's an approach that can provide far superior harvests compared to conventional chemical-based agriculture, while simultaneously nourishing our earth’s soil. The concept of biodynamic emerged in response to the industrialization of agriculture.
Steiner's view was as simple as it was revolutionary. He said, "You need to stop thinking of your farms as factories and envision them as living organisms — self-contained, self-sustaining, following the cycles of nature, and able to create their own health and vitality out of the living dynamics of the farm." Seventeen years later, Lord Northbourne coined the term "organic" based on Steiner's view of the farm as an organism. So, biodynamic is really the origin of organic farming.
BioDynamic & Organic
Solspring® provides fresh, clean ingredients that take organic to a new level. One of the easiest ways to grasp the concept of biodynamic is to think of it in the context of organic standards. Organic standards are set by the National Organic Program (NOP), while Demeter, the oldest ecological certification organization in the world, sets the standards for biodynamic.
Organic is really about what you don't do. In organic, you don't use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or genetically modified organism (GMO) seeds. You do everything you can to avoid GMO contamination; no sewer sludge on the farm and no irradiation of products.
Biodynamic starts with the organic standard as the base to the Demeter standard. The Demeter standard maintains the core principle that the farm is an integrated living organism, operating as a self-sustaining whole; a portion of the land must be set aside for biodiversity, and animal welfare is addressed.
A catch-22 preventing biodynamic from spreading faster is the shortage of certified products in the national marketplace. Most Demeter members are small family farms that only sell locally or regionally. The key is to help understand and recognize the importance of the Demeter certification label.