Biodynamic Agriculture vs. Organic Agriculture

Biodynamic farming is coming fast on the horizon of sustainable and healing agriculture and for good reason. This begs the following questions. What is biodynamic agriculture and what makes “biodynamic” different from “organic”?

As Hungarian skincare company Eminence defines the practice, biodynamic farming is an agricultural method stemming from the philosophy of a balanced, holistic view of the universe. It regards the farm, plants and animals as a whole, a self-supporting ecosystem that lives and breathes, rendering fruits, herbs and animals that are unusually high in nutrients and active compounds and harnessing these ingredients into whatever is created for human use. Growing cycles follow the lunar cycle, fine-tuned to tidal pulls* so that when tides are at their highest, maximum moisture and nourishment reaches plant roots. Also, no pesticides are introduced to the crops but natural traps are set using local honey and herbal teas. As a result, biodynamically produced ingredients are virtually void of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Nurse plants are used to enhance soil biodiversity and release growth factors throughout the plants’ systems.

A side-by-side comparison of biodynamic and organic farming yields many overlaps in the benefits of both practices. Biodynamic and organic methods each require pristine environments and careful administration of any and all amendments. Both focus on soil health, abstention from synthetic chemical use, promotion of compost use, cover crops and natural pest and weed management.

In contrasting biodynamic and organic farming, biodynamic methods are much more in tune with the earth and the environment because the vigor of the plant is dependent on natural outside forces and sensitivity to what the seasons bring to bear on the permaculture. Biodynamic plants are forced to search out water and nutrients from deep within the soil, thereby creating a complex root network and a larger phytonutrient profile as minerals and other substances are found further down in the soil. Organic plants are often sheltered and fertilized on a regular basis. They maintain a stunted root system with no need to seek out nutrition from the soil as all the compounds are found within inches of the plant base. Further, an organic crop can be manipulated with many types of approved chemicals, planting and rearing techniques while still maintaining a legally organic status.

So, think of biodynamic products as organic at their most fantastical stage--no interference with the plants’ growth except for the harnessing of the natural elements that produces the most nutritious and hearty specimens and superior quality product ingredients.

*It should be noted that Hungary is a landlocked country so tidal pulls also pertain to the water present in the soil, not just off the coast.

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