2019 Demeter International Standards are now available

The Demeter International Standards for 1) Production, 2) Processing, 3) Labeling, and 4) Beekeeping that will be implemented for 2019 are now available on the Standards/Forms page of this site. Demeter is the brand for products from Biodynamic Agriculture. Only strictly controlled and contractually bound partners are permitted to use the Brand. A comprehensive verification … Read more…

Evolving Agriculture and Food: Opening up Biodynamic Research

Evolving Agriculture and Food: Opening up Biodynamic Research September 5th to 8th 2018 Dornach, Switzerland The program is now available for the first international biodynamic research conference, to be held in Dornach, Switzerland September 5-8. The Introduction to the Program states: In cooperation with its scientific partners the Section for Agriculture organises the first international conference … Read more…

BIODYNAMIC RESEARCH

Biodynamic Research Biodynamic research is research into the Biodynamic method of agriculture. Motivated to improve Biodynamic agriculture and deepen the understanding of it, independent research facilities emerged decades ago e.g. in 1950, the Institute for Biodynamic Research in Germany (www.forschungsring.de) was founded. They were at the same time, the first research institutions of organic farming. In some European … Read more…

Demeter-International Members’ Assembly held in Italy adopts criteria for economic cooperation

Demeter-International Members’ Assembly held in Italy adopts criteria for economic cooperation (Reprinted from the Demeter International website, accessed March 13, 2018, http://www.demeter.net/co-creating-future-holistic-approach) Co-creating the future with a holistic approach In the face of current challenges in food and farming – devastating milk prices for conventional dairy farms, extreme weather events as a consequence of climate change, … Read more…

Rafter 25 Ranch — Demeter Certified Meat in British Columbia

Rafter 25 Ranch — Demeter Certified Meat in British Columbia (From their website, http://www.pasturetoplate.ca/rafter-25-ranch/ ) THE RANCH Ranch headquarters are situated in Redstone, British Columbia. All owned ranchland is certified organic and only organic ranching and organic farming practices are applied. Animals are handled low stress to ensure docility and safety to handlers and livestock. We switched … Read more…

Musings on Biodynamic Cows, Their Horns, and the Evolution of the Earth

Musings on Biodynamic Cows, Their Horns, and the Evolution of the Earth By Jim Fullmer, Co-Director of Demeter-USA (Reprinted from the Demeter USA website, http://www.demeter-usa.org/for-farmers/for-farmers-archive/biodynamic-cows.asp) Have you ever wondered why cows have horns…?  It’s a most important question.  What happens in the places where the hooves and the horns are growing? A locality is created where … Read more…

Demeter International Certification workshop 2017

Demeter International Certification workshop 2017 Emerson College, Sussex, England It was a great pleasure to welcome the Demeter-International Certification workshop in September to Emerson College in south of England. We were blessed by both typical English rain as well as early autumn sunshine. Emerson has a long tradition with Biodynamics, with Dr Herbert Koepf being … Read more…