Many products in the Clearspring BioKitchen range are certified Demeter Organic, but what does that really mean?
Demeter certifies food produced from biodynamic farming, a methodology created and defined by philosopher Rudolph Steiner in the 1920s, combining agriculture, cosmology and herbalism/homeopathy.
A biodynamic farm should be aiming towards being a self-sufficient organism, where the plants grown nourish the soil and the livestock, which in turn fertilise the fields. The resultant soil fertility and enhanced life forces in the plants produce healthier and more nourishing food. Farmers treat their field with specific biodynamic preparations and work in respect of cosmic rhythms, imbuing the food with nature’s energy in line with the aim to “provide the basis not only for bodily nutrition but also for the soul and spiritual life.”
Biodynamic Certification provides certification for Biodynamic Farming and Growing to the internationally agreed and recognised Demeter Standards. Demeter Standards are fully compliant with the EU Organic Regulation 834/2007 and associated regulations. BD Certification is a Defra approved certification body for the EU Organic Regulation. However, the Demeter Standards go much farther than the EU Organic Regulation, therefore achieving a more rigorous organic methodology and delivering a high level of environmental benefit.
Key additional and higher requirements of the Demeter Standards include:
The above lists some of the key additional and higher requirements in the Demeter Standards for Biodynamic Agriculture. The list is not exhaustive and there are many more additional and higher requirements contained in the Demeter Standards. As a result the Demeter Standards are respected internationally as being among the most rigorous Organic Standards in the world, and the quality of Biodynamic farms and products is widely recognised.
For more information visit: www.demeter.net
By Hannah Phoebe Bowen: Freelance Food Writer
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