Who is Demeter Canada? What do we do?

WHO ARE WE?

Demeter Canada is made up of farms across the country who are fulfilling the Standards for Certification established by Demeter International, a network of individual certification organisations world-wide.

 

WHAT DO WE DO?

Demeter Canada coordinates all biodynamic certification in Ontario, and in most other provinces.

We offer two levels of certification, Demeter and “in-conversion” to Demeter, both of which are based on standards established by Demeter International.

WHAT IS DEMETER CERTIFICATION?

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 process insures strict compliance with the International Demeter Production and Processing Standards, as well as applicable organic regulations in the various countries; without a gap, through every step, from agricultural production to processing and final product packaging. The holistic Demeter requirements exceed government mandated regulations. Not only do they exclude the use of synthetic fertilisers and chemical plant protection agents in agricultural crop production, or artificial additives during processing, but also require very specific measures to strengthen the life processes in soil and foodstuffs. Demeter farmers and processors actively contribute toward the shaping of a future worth living for, creating healthy foods of distinctive tastes, truly “Foods with Character.” Demeter – the Brand you can trust in. (from the Demeter International website, http://www.demeter.net)

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

As an “eater,” you deserve the healthiest and highest quality food for yourself, your family, your friends, and your loved ones. And, you deserve to know that agricultural “best practices” have been used to produce this food. Demeter certification provides this assurance.

As a grower, you want to know that not only are you providing healthy and high quality food, but you are doing your best to regenerate the soil, air, water, plants, and animals that you steward. When you produce this food according to the Demeter Standards, you can be assured you are doing your best.

As someone who cares about the future of agriculture, it is difficult to know what IS “healthy” and “high quality” during these confusing times. When you see Demeter logos on a product or a wholesaler or retailer’s wall or booth, you know this is a farm or company who has gone the extra mile to provide such products. Ask them about their work and their values, and give them your support!

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Laurie McGregor, Demeter Administrative Assistant, at 519-426-9021, lmcgregor@sympatico.ca

 

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