Organic vs. Biodynamic
What is the difference between biodynamic and organic?
Organic and biodynamic are very similar; both are grown without chemicals and GMOs. However, biodynamic goes one step further. It is a holistic practice where all things are considered living inter-related systems - animals, plants, and the solar system. Biodynamic practices create healthier plants and heal the earth by replenishing the soil and adding vitality to the plant, soil and/or livestock.
Biodynamic farming methods enliven the soil through human attentiveness and careful observation of nature’s rhythms. The main difference between organic and biodynamic is that biodynamic farming uses different principles that add vitality to the plant, soil and/or livestock, whereas traditional farming typically deteriorates the soil.
Biodynamic agriculture uses specifically prepared preparations made from minerals and herbs - very similar to homeopathy. These preparations are used to enhance the compost applied to the fields, and intensify the sunlight permeated into the plant.
Biodynamic agriculture also incorporates astrological influences. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Biodynamics, believed that much like the moon affects the tides, so does it affect the growing phases of planting and harvesting. Complex stellar calendars chart the influences of the moon and other planets for gardeners and farmers to follow. For example, Weleda and Dr. Hauschka harvest their Calendula flowers by hand early in the morning when the energy of the plant is most intense and vital.
With the over-processing of soil, plants are losing their nutrients, minerals and vitamins. Biodynamic farming creates plants that are more vital and nutrient rich. When we eat these plants we are consuming this vitality and feeding our cells with it, or in the case of skin care - applying this vital energy to our skin. Healthy skin care begins in the garden with plant ingredients. By using Dr. Hauschka, Weleda and Primavera skin care products you are ensuring the highest quality of healing and protection for your skin and the environment.