“DEMETER certified biodynamics is an enhanced biological farming practice. It is a way of producing organic food that is highly regarded by farmers and consumers for its quality.
Demeter certified biodynamic farmers use unique soil, plant and compost preparations that, when practiced successfully, create a humus-rich, well-structured soil ideal for the growth of healthy vibrant plants.
Biodynamics originated in the early 1920s from the work of Austrian scientist and philosopher, Dr Rudolf Steiner. Then, in Australia in 1953, DEMETER certified biodynamics was pioneered by Alex Podolinsky with the establishment of the BioDynamic Agricultural Association of Australia.
The Bio-Dynamic Research Institute in Powelltown, Victoria, was then formed in 1955 to certify farmers under the DEMETER logo (trademarked in 1967).
The Australian DEMETER symbol indicates that produce has been grown and processed according to the standards of the Bio-Dynamic Research Institute. These standards include using environmentally friendly, ecologically safe, biological methods to activate and nurture the life of the soil, plants and animals within nature’s organisation, without the use of artificial or synthetic chemicals, fertilisers, genetically modified organisms or the use of any unnecessary additives.
“In bio-dynamics we are builders of health, not healers of sickness.” – Alex Podolinsky
For further information about Demeter biodynamic farming visit www.demeter.org.au.