Ask a Nutritionist: What Does Biodynamic Mean, Anyway?

June 10, 2015
by Elissa Goodman for Thrive Market
Ask a Nutritionist: What Does Biodynamic Mean, Anyway?

I see "biodynamic" on a lot of food labels these days. What does that even mean?

Biodynamic farming takes a holistic approach to agriculture. This type of farming focuses on is best described as a give and take. Instead of just constantly taking from the land, biodynamic operations also give back, allowing nature to thrive. The Biodynamic Association describes this approach as a "spiritual-ethical-ecological" way of farming.

Chemicals aren't welcome on biodynamic farms—instead manures and composts fertilize the soil. Farmers look to the stars to help them know when to sow and plant, and animals, crops, and soil are all treated as a single system.

Philosopher Rudolf Steiner created the notion of biodynamic agriculture in 1924, and as consumers have woken up to the dangers of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, demand for alternative growing methods has increased.

A biodynamic environment is balanced, as animals and plants are truly respected. Living species are well-cared for and treated in a manner that allows them to live naturally, benefiting from a balanced ecosystem. When you see biodynamic on a label, you know that you're purchasing items that were raised and grown with love.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont

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