The True Cost of Conventional Agriculture
It’s true, organic food is often more expensive when compared with its non-organic counterparts in the supermarket. In fact, despite being a foodie and an organic advocate, sometimes when I am shopping and
see the price of an item I think, “wow, that is just too much, I can’t justify paying that much for asparagus.” However, there are several key aspects of organic I like to remind myself of when faced with the “organics
are too expensive” concept. (read more...)
Agriculture and nutrition to sustain the health of the planet and the people on it
Decreasing soil fertility, loss of variety, climate change, continued extensive use of pesticides, factory farming with its necessary use of antibiotics and the resulting antibiotic resistance in human beings – these are among the problems confronting agriculture worldwide.
For more than 90 years the biodynamic approach to agriculture has been developing a farming culture that constructively counters these problems. Soil fertility and plant health are enhanced by using naturally produced and subtly effective preparations made from cow manure, medicinal plants and minerals. A Demeter farmer manages his farm with deep respect for the processes of life, for soil vitality, for the nature of plants and the inviolability of animals. Thus all Demeter cows, for example, are allowed to keep their horns.
The Demeter brand stands for biodynamic produce and products and is an international label whose standards are recognised throughout the world. Demeter products must ensure that the high quality of the original produce is retained when it is processed. Fair prices and a commitment to social justice are goals shared by the growers, processors, distributors and consumers of the Demeter community.
Demeter International and the International Biodynamic Association (IBDA) became partners of the ELIANT Alliance to make sure that the biodynamic approach in Europe is not unduly limited by regulations and that its contribution to food quality, the environment and biodiversity can be maintained.
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