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BIODYNAMIC & ORGANIC: Similarities And Differences

Organic and Biodynamic farming are gaining momentum these days.

Some people think biodynamic is the ultimate organic. Actually organic farming is a spin-off of the biodynamic revolution that took place in the early 20s from the ideas of the scientist and philosopher Rudolph Steiner.
Organic standards ( were defined in EU in 1991 to regulate the constant growth of organic labelling. The term “organic” itself was coined in the 40s according to Steiner’s view of the farm as an organism.

Both methods aim to maintain the soil in good health, promote the use of compost, manure, cover crops, crops rotation and a holistic pest and weed control. The use of chemicals is reduced to a minimum, if not completely avoided. No GMO are allowed whatsoever.

Organic farming, according to the organic farming regulation, controlled in UK by the Food Standards Agency, can import organic fertilisers and pesticides from outside the farm. Biodynamic tends to be quite self sufficient in terms of natural growth promoters and pest control and this is what differentiates it from organic. The farm provides itself with everything it needs. As you can read in the Demeter certification standards (, Biodynamic farming is “farm-focused” and the whole farm has to be certified.

Organic and biodynamic farming have the same goal, which is being environmentally friendly and supporting a harmonic relationship with nature, but they have a different approach to pursue their objective.

We endorse and support both methods as we believe that nature, as any other living organism, responds well if you treat her with respect and you establish with her a harmonic relationship. The result is a top-quality product that is a feast for your mouth, all your senses, your whole body and your soul.

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