WHAT IS DEMETER BIODYNAMICS?
DEMETER BIODYNAMICS is the highest form of 'organic' certification and is acknowledged as such in the farming and general organic industry.
Alex Podolinsky know by many as 'The Man of The Soil' introduced biodynamics to Australia in the 1950's. Alex was instrumental in the foundation and work of the Biodynamic Agricultural Association of Australia (BDAAA) as well as the BDRI, the Biodynamic Research Institute which was vested with the rights and supervision of the DEMETER trademark in Australia and that is the certifying
organisation for the DEMETER trademark.
Simply described Biodynamics is a 'method' that utilises biodynamic 'preparations' to stimulate the soils mineral release, nitrogen fixation, digestion and nutrient uptake processes whilst also stimulating the atmospheric processes of photosynthesis, blossoming, fruiting and rippening.
Instead of synthetic fertilizers a soil activator called '500', a natural cow manure based colloid, is re-liquefied in solution and energised by having been stirred in body temperature water and sprayed over the pasture. This is used as a soil enhancer and activator rather than a manure or fertilizer.
" plants are fed naturally, that is, in soils with enhanced biological
activity, determined by the humus level, crumb and root structure, so that plants are fed through the soil eco-system and not primarily via soluble salts in the soil water, derived from artificial fertilizer and raw animal manure. Plants grown in this way are, therefore, under the influence of the sun, warmth and light, and may selectively acquire the nutrients they need for appropriate growth."
The Austrian scientist Rudolf Steiner (1861 - 1925) communicated the early concepts and development of biodynamic farming in a series of lectures in 1924 as a result of his witnessing and participating in many aspects of farming during his childhood and adolescence.
As the name implies, biological and dynamic farming methods form the backbone of his approach to agriculture, alongside with the farmer's perception of nature and environment and its needs.
It would be deceptively easy to classify biodynamics as a branch of organic farming, especially since the public may at times have a simplistic view of organics as 'anything without chemicals'. However what characterises a biodynamic farmer is the voluntary decision that our soils have degenerated and the produce and livestock need more and more outside interference in order to even reach a basic level of performance.