Just when you thought you were well versed in healthy eating terms, they throw another food label into the mix to keep things interesting!
Biodynamic describes a sustainable farming method that looks at the farm itself as a ‘living organism’. This means that the growing site is self-sustaining, self-contained and follows the cycles of nature, explains Elizabeth Candelario, managing director of Demeter, the global certification program for biodynamic farms and products. She explains that biodynamics builds on the organic protocols, but then takes the measuring bar a bit further. It guides how the farms are managed, based on the natural rhythms of each plot of land.
Another critical element to this healthy growing style is that 10% of the total acreage must be set aside for biodiversity including sustaining and improving pollination health. (Bees blog). It considers protection of endangered species, wildlife and diverse life forms to be a priority (cleaneating.com– Jan/Feb 2017).
The drive behind this style of farming is protection of the land, and growing more flavorful produce and fruits while protecting the environment. Caldelario explains that ” the healthier the soil, the healthier the food, the healthier the person, the healthier the planet.”
This is the seal that denotes farming this way, and you can find farmers who are certified at biodynamicfood.org. Ask your grocer to carry their products for the better health of your family and your community.