Demeter is the brand for products from biodynamic agriculture. Demeter has been constantly evolving since 1928, making this the oldest and longest practiced form of quality assurance in sustainable agriculture. It is also an international sign of quality so biodynamic produce and products are certified to the same standards in more than 50 countries on 5 continents. With organic certification as a prerequisite (all Demeter products are dual certified and carry both labels), Demeter standards go above and beyond organic to guarantee methods of production and processing that are environmentally friendly, ethical and sustainable. Because these standards are applied globally, Demeter products from the UK, Egypt, New Zealand and Brazil all represent the same care for nourishment of people and the planet and have had the same rigorous process to ensure their quality.
Demeter is the brand for products from biodynamic agriculture. The holistic Demeter requirements go above and beyond EU organic regulations (EC 834/2007 and EC 889/2008). They not only exclude the use of synthetic fertilisers and chemical plant protection agents in agricultural crop production, and artificial additives during processing, but also require licensees to proactively take specific measures to strengthen the life processes in soil and in food. Demeter farmers and processors actively contribute toward the shaping of a future worth living for, creating healthy foods with distinctive taste, truly “Foods with Character”.
Each step of production and processing is taken into account in the Demeter certification process so that from start to finish quality is ensured. Our staff have years of experience working in biodynamic and organic food, farming and certification and are here to help and encourage you through navigating the requirements of Demeter certification.
Why Demeter? Demeter is the oldest and one of the most respected organic food certifications. Since 1928, Demeter, with its biodynamic principles that were laid down in Rudolf Steiner’s agricultural lectures in 1924, have been practiced and applied in all corners of the globe. Today, there are more than 5000 Demeter certified businesses around the world who are producing, processing and trading the highly
demanded Demeter products.
For example in FiBL’s recent (2015) report on sustainability and quality of organic food, Demeter regulations were the most stringent and Demeter standards allows the fewest food additives in processed food. For the full report please see FiBL Dossier.
In the UK, there is a growing demand for Demeter – biodynamic products in line with the organic sectors growth which was nearly 5% last year. See more Demeter statistics on the Demeter International website.
Every day we get requests from farmers, processors and traders who understand the holistic approach that Demeter takes and who not only realise the value added to their products in the market place, but who understand that increase in demand for their products is because of the unique quality of Demeter certified food!
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What is Biodynamic?
Biodynamic agriculture takes a holistic way of understanding the natural world as its premise and then applies that understanding with the aims of vitality, resilience and ethical stewardship of land, plants, animals and human beings.
It strives to facilitate a harmonious farm organism, understanding that every farm is unique (landscape, environment, soil, plants, animals, wildlife, human beings) and that in order for each part of the farm to thrive, balance is required.
This is a principled approach to working with nature that fuses ancient wisdom with modern methods so that agriculture can work to heal and support both people and the environment.
The principles of biodynamic agriculture have been applied successfully all over the world in gardens, vineyards and on farms in a wide variety of environmental and social situations.
Find out more about the wonderful world of biodynamic food and farming at the Biodynamic Association’s homepage here