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Up until industrialization took hold after World War II, Certifed Biodynamic farming was a mainstay on many American farms. The practice has roots in Europe, when philosopher and scientist Dr. Dr. Rudolf Steiner developed the method in 1924. Often referred to as “the father of Biodynamics,” Steiner believed that if elements of the farm care were kept in harmony, then it would help animals and plants exist in their natural states, and produce more nutrient-dense food.
Biodynamic farm practices include:
- Biological diversity: 10 percent of a farm’s land must serve as a biodiversity reserve
- Soil fertility: Supportive practices like crop rotation and rotational grazing are used to preserve soil health
- Disease and weed control: Pests must be managed without the use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals
- Water conservation: Examples include efficient irrigation systems, solar pumps, and wind pumps
In order for farms to receive Biodynamic certification, they’re required to undergo a rigorous, multi-year process outlined by Demeter, the certifying organization. Steps include filling out a lot of paperwork, hosting Demeter representatives for site visits, undergoing evaluations, and continuing a modified process year after year to keep the designation.
The History of Natural Nectar
Natural Nectar is a sustainable and eco-friendly food brand under the parent company, Breton Enterprises. Like Breton (which travels around the world sourcing high-quality ingredients), Natural Nectar brings wholesome products to your home.
Natural Nectar Company Mission
With a goal of enhancing your life sustainably—and flavorfully, Natural Nectar has grown into a popular natural products line. The brand harvests many ingredients from long-standing family farms (like Biodynamic orchards in France), for you to enjoy.
Benefits of Natural Nectar
There’s something for everyone! From frozen macarons to biodynamic juice, Natural Nectar offers a wide range of products to accommodate many diets and preferences. Many of Natural Nectar’s products are:
- Gluten-Free Certified
- Vegan Certified
- Fair Trade Certified
- Certified Organic
- Dye- and Additive-Free
Top Natural Nectar Products
Try one of Natural Nectar’s beloved biodynamic beverages and vinegars, and see what all the buzz is about.
Biodynamic Apple Mango Juice
Nothing against orange juice, but this might become your new favorite breakfast drink. Made with fruit grown on Biodynamic orchards in France, you’ll love the sweet blend of apples and mangoes.
Biodynamic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
The ultimate ACV, this Biodynamic vinegar goes through a meticulous process that includes maturing in oak barrels, without any additives. Use it in salad dressings, tonics, and sauces.
Biodynamic Apple Pear Juice
If you love classic apple juice, try this version with the subtle flavor of pear added. Just like the apple mango juice, this juice was also sourced from fruit grown on Biodynamic orchards.
What Is Biodynamic?
Learn more about Biodynamic farms, our favorite Biodynamic products, and other sustainable solutions for our planet.
How to Achieve Biodynamic Certification
For farms to receive Biodynamic certification, they go through Demeter USA, a nonprofit that’s the oldest ecological certification organization in the world.
Sustainable Farming Basics
Techniques like crop rotation, conservation, and allowing outdoor space for livestock are just some of the practices that make up sustainable farming.
Why You Should Choose Organic Food
Is organic food really better for you (and the planet)? Our blog post aims to answer this popular question, and provides resources for getting started with the organic movement.