Definition and benefits of organic and biodynamic agriculture
Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of the soil, the ecosystem and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science so the shared environment can benefit and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all those involved. – Definition of IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements)
Biological Agriculture is the certified production of wholesome fresh food, obtained through agricultural processes that contribute to the protection of natural resources, biodiversity, animal welfare and promote the development of rural areas.
The product is made with raw materials from organic and biodynamic farming and is free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers or antibiotics during animal rearing, using only natural resources, and does not contain artificial flavours, flavour enhancers, colourants or sweeteners.
Organic agriculture is the only agriculture to be subjected to regulation that defines the production techniques in detail, so as to lead to production of food as natural as possible, with minimal environmental impact and the least possible suffering to reared animals, which results in a better quality product with this technique (without GMO).
Biodynamic Agriculture, apart from following the same criteria as organic, is influenced by lunar cycles, the stars and planets so as to encourage the growth of plants in a natural way.
Human intervention is minimized and the soil is treated with the company’s “dynamized” preparations, created internally with minerals, plants and animals. These serve to increase the vitality and defenses of the terrain, favoring the absorption of everything needed for the development and optimal growth of the plant.
Organic waste is cleverly transformed into rich humus and compost with the help of what is known as biodynamic compost preparation. This preparation is made with 6 notable medicinal plants: chamomile, nettle, oak bark, valerian, dandelion and yarrow. Their specific properties are enhanced and made effective for the life of the soil during the course of a single fermentation process. Some of the herbs require some organic materials such as guanine, serving as catalysts to encourage the required fermentation process. When this humus is ready, it is added to the natural composting in small quantities, spreading its effect in the soil gradually. These are preparations that help guide and regulate decomposition and the processes forming the soil’s natural humus favoring the availability of nutrients to plants (sulfur, potassium chloride, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus and silica).
The exposure and the rotational position of each plant are carefully chosen in order to create optimal conditions for growth. Thus, even animal life has its place in these relations so as to naturally reduce pests and diseases in plants. Other biodynamic preparations are used to stimulate and harmonize the growth of plants. Known as “horn manure” and “horn silica”, hese 2 preparations act in a polar fashion with one another. The “horn manure” is specially prepared with cow manure while the “horn silica” is a mixture of finely ground quartz. Both subjected to a fermentation process in an ox horn, the “horn manure” is applied in the evening directly on the soil before planting, and serves to encourage the growth of healthy roots in plants by helping them to easily and effectively access the nutrients in the soil. The “horn silica” is applied in the early hours of the morning on the crops. The product is aimed at stabilizing the metabolism of plants by strengthening the qualitative development of the crop.
This method gives fruits and vegetables more flavor and more nutritional properties.
Both in organic and biodynamic agriculture intensive cultivation is not used; nature’s timing is respected. In addition to helping the earth, this favors a short chain: which means that the product moves from the producer to the consumer without intermediation of third parties.
By supporting organic and biodynamic agriculture, we safeguard the landscape in which we live and promote systems of production and environmentally responsible and socially equitable commercialization.