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Why Go Organic?

What is Bio-Dynamic?

Bio-Dynamics is an advanced method of organic farming that was developed in the 1920's by the Austrian philosopher and scientist Rudolph Steiner.  It represents a holistic approach to farming with a strong emphasis on the interrelationship between the soil, plants, animals and the lunar and solar systems.  Under the Bio-Dynamic philosophy, a humus rich, well structured soil is the foundation for sustainable livestock farming.

Bio-Dynamic farming involves the use of nutrient rich, natural preparations on the land.  The main preparation is solution 500, which is an activated cow manure compost that is applied to pastures to increase microbial activity in the soil.  Whereas conventional farming relies on synthetic herbicides, pesticides and fertilisers to ward off disease and pests, Bio-Dynamic farming involves the use of homeopathic solutions often sourced from the farm itself. 

Importantly,  Bio-Dynamics adopts the key principles of organic farming.  Animals roam free range and are antibiotic, GMO and growth hormone free.  Like organic farming, there is a strong emphasis on animal welfare and ethical farming and processing practices.

Bio-Dynamic farming is labour intensive, and involves an initial conversion process to remove chemical residues and ensure the land is in optimal condition before it can be farmed.  Buying a Demeter Certified Bio-Dynamic product is your guarantee of the genuine article.

What is Organic?

Organic and Bio-Dynamic farming practices are similar.  The key difference is that Bio-Dynamic farming places additional emphasis on the health of the land and soil in addition to the health and welfare of the animal.
 
Animals must roam free range and have access to sunlight in order to be Certified Organic (sow stalls and cages are banned and stocking densities are lower compared to conventional farms).  Like Bio-Dynamic farming, Certified Organic livestock and poultry are antibiotic, GMO and growth hormone free and so is their feed.
 
The principles of organic farming apply at all stages of the animal lifecycle, including processing.  Livestock and poultry are processed at Certified Organic abbatoirs which meet minimum animal welfare standards designed to reduce the stress to the animal (including reducing transport time). 
 
At its core, organic farming emphasises sustainable farming practices and animal welfare to ensure an end product with integrity.