Confession time. I don’t claim to be something I’m not, so let’s just get that clear up front before we talk biodynamics 😉
I’m no expert. I’m a person (and mother) who just wants to eat real food, and for our family to avoid the plethora of chemicals being thrown our way these days.
Being a non-expert is why I’ve surrounded myself with a solid team who are! I can lean on them for expertise when I need. And I sure looove to learn about this stuff.
So I had an embarrassing moment last year when our Head of Product, Jo was talking to me about biodynamic food. I chimed in and implied that biodynamic food was just a different kind of ‘organic’.
We kinda ‘get’ organic food, right?
No pesticides, herbicides and basically nothing nasty being used in any step of the process at all (including soil preparation, growing and harvesting). If it’s certified organic, well that’s another level up that demands stringent control the whole way through from the farmer to the shop.
Organic farming can be defined by a commitment to the principles of health, ecology, fairness and care.
But what’s with the new term – Biodynamic? What’s it mean? Is it just another buzz word?
I remember calling our banana flour farmers one day – Rob and Krista (FYI – they’re hard core biodynamic farmers). I asked them if they were going to go down the certified organic route. Krista said “No, we’ve decided not to do that”. She then launched into a spiel about biodynamics
I could feel her passion oozing through the phone. They are lovers of the land I tell you!
If like me, you want a basic breakdown of the differences, let me lay it out for you…
First, the similarities.
Like organic farmers, biodynamic farmers use nothing that would disrupt our endocrine system, our environment or our health.
They rely on natural ways to combat insects and disease, and it goes without saying there’s no pesticides, herbicides, artificial fertilisers, synthetic chemicals, growth promotors, hormones or GMO’s.
Food from either farmer will be much better for us, and the Earth.
Now, the difference.
Biodynamics is another step along the ‘intentional and respectful farming’ path.
The main principle of biodynamic farming is that the entire farm exists as a single entity without the need for outside inputs. In other words, where an organic farm may purchase organic seeds or organic feed for livestock, a biodynamic farm must produce everything right there on the farm.
- Look at the land holistically. Animals, plants and the solar system are considered living, interrelated systems.
- Believe that much like how the moon affects the tides, astrological influences also affect the growing phases of planting and harvesting. They follow complex stellar calendars that chart the influences of the moon and other planets.
- Enrich the soil (instead of depleted as with other forms of farming) by carefully observing nature’s rhythms. Biodynamic agriculture uses preparations made from minerals and herbs – much like homeopathy. They’re used to enhance the compost applied to the fields, and intensify the sunlight permeated into the plant.
Pretty amazing, huh?
Biodynamic practices create healthier plants, and heal the earth by replenishing the soil and adding vitality to the plant, soil and/or livestock.
Here’s a cool infographic for those visual people (like me)…
Now that I’m sufficiently enthused and wanting to go on a biodynamic farm stay to learn more, check out these awesome biodynamic products TWC offers:
Want to improve your gut health? Our Biodynamic Green Banana Flour Multi-Fibre is the richest source of resistant starch ever found on Earth! It was such a discovery that our QLD farmers – Natural Evolution, were invited to present a TEDx talk! I found it enthralling. Hope you love it.
Check out farmer Krista’s TEDx talk, and CSIRO clip on why resistant starch is amazing for your gut.
Left: TEDx Talk Right: CSIRO Clip