Is a method of producing food and other products in a way that is healthy and natural. The Australian government has approved six certifying bodies. The first such body in Australia was the Biodynamic Research Institute (BDRI), who began in 1952 and developed the Demeter Biodynamics trademark.
Organics and Biodynamic farms:
use no synthetic chemicals of any kind eg (herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics)
use no GMO inputs
use soil and plant management methods that promote soil biodiversity and natural plant and animal growth
feed and manage livestock according to specific principles
keep detailed growing and sales (audit) records
undergo regular inspections and audits to demonstrate compliance
Certifying bodies audit to their own standards,which are based on the organic and biodynamic standard used for export (The National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce). The Australian government manages the National Standard, audits the certifying bodies and certifies to organic and biodynamic exports.
What is Biodynamics?
Biodynamic farmers comply with the organic standard and additional requirements, especially practices that further improve the soil. Biodynamics is organic plus additional practices. As well as complying with all organic requirements, farmers use various methods, including biological activator preparations, to revitalise the soil and plants. BDRI is widely regarded as the premier certifying body for biodynamic farmers. A Demeter-certified farm follows the National Standard for organics and biodynamics and the Demeter biodynamic standards.
Why are organics and biodynamics important?
Because it's better for you and the environment, authorities regulate conventional food production to a certain level, including stipulating maximum residue levels (MRLs) in food. Organics and biodynamics take this assurance to a higher level.
Biodynamics also focuses on soil development. Enhancing soil life increases the carbon and humus content. This produces a fine, dark, crumbly structure containing the necessary organic colloids. This leads to producing high-quality crops and better feed for livestock and people.
Why is certification important?
It provides assures quality and prevents fraud. If anyone claims to be organic or biodynamic but is not certified, it’s very unlikely that they are actually what they say. They probably wouldn’t pass an organic or biodynamic inspection. This also applies to those using terms such as “beyond organics” and “using organic principles”.