Organic and Biodynamic basically hold the same principles. That is they grow food with the aim of it being of the highest nutritional quality and quantity without relying on the use of artificial fertilizers or chemicals.
Both organic and biodynamic condemn the use of genetically modified foods, growth promoters or hormones. In addition to this, both organic and biodynamic farming raise animals with animal welfare central to their standards. The produce that is gained through organic farming is thus at its most natural form. This is due to the fact that both organic and biodynamic farming emphasises the need to maintain appropriate land management and aims to ecologically achieve the balance between animal life, the natural environment and food crops.
Founded by Rudolf Steiner, biodynamic farming goes one step further. It is a holistic practice of farming where all things are living things are considered interrelated systems. These being animals, plants and the solar system.
The main principle of biodynamic farming is that the entire farm exists as a single entity without the need for outside inputs. This means that where an organic farm may purchase organic seeds or organic feed for livestock, a biodynamic farm must produce everything on the premises.
In biodynamic farming, the principles have a great focus on astrological cycles. The soil is also considered the essential basis for healthy plants, animals and people. Through careful observation of nature’s rhythms, biodynamic farming methods enliven the soil. Pest and disease control is generally managed by developing the farm as a total organism. However, biodynamic farmers may make use of specially formulated products for weed and pest control, which are made from the weeds and pests themselves.
Weeds and pests are very useful indicators of imbalances in soil, plants and animals; the aim in the biodynamic practitioner’s method is to use such indicators in a positive way.
The biodynamic preparations were developed out of indications given by Dr Rudolf Steiner in 1924. These products are not fertilisers as such, but greatly support the fertilising process and only need to be used in very small quanitites.
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