Biodynamic agriculture is an alternative type of agriculture whose main characteristic is that it understands the farm as an independent and self-sufficient organism, which is capable of producing everything it needs to sustain itself without having to resort to products from outside. In this way, the local production, distribution and sale of food is prioritized over industrial and large-scale production, ensuring the conservation of soil and natural resources in the long term.
Organic farming should not be confused with biodynamic farming, because although they share similarities, such as that neither of them uses toxic pesticides and herbicides, or that in both cases they are sustainable and respect natural ecosystems, biodynamic foods are characterized by having They have been cultivated following an annual calendar that is based on the rhythms of the sun and the moon, and other mystical beliefs that provide them with additional supposed benefits.
The creator of biodynamic agriculture, the philosopher Rudolf Steiner, believed in the influence of the cosmos on all living beings and, by extension, on agriculture and crop cycles. For this reason, followers of this method take into account esoteric values – cosmic forces and energies – or the position of the sun and the moon, when choosing the best time to carry out all agricultural work.
Characteristics of biodynamic agriculture
There is a quality seal , DEMETER , which is used to certify that a food is biodynamic and, to achieve this, it must come from a cultivation system that complies with the standards of biodynamic agriculture, the main characteristics of which are: