Is the label verified?
Yes
Is the meaning of the label consistent?
Yes
Are the label standards publicly available?
Yes
Is information about the organization publicly available?
Partially
Is the organization free from conflict of interest?
Yes
Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?
Partially

This label can be found onfoods and beverages

ORGANIZATION: Demeter Association, Inc.

url: www.demeter-usa.org

LABEL STANDARDShttp://www.demeter-usa.org/learn-more/biodynamic-farm-standard.asp

 

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What this label means 

How meaningful is this label? 

Highly Meaningful.

The standards are comprehensive and take into account various aspects of sustainable agriculture, including soil fertility, animal welfare, reliance on natural methods of pest management rather than chemical pesticides, and biodiversity preservation. The standards also cover food processing to prevent highly processed foods and prohibit artificial processing aids and ingredients.

A biodynamic product must meet all the requirements of a certified organic product in addition to the more rigorous biodynamic requirements. The Demeter Biodynamic standards are more restrictive; certain inputs and practices that are allowed by certified organic standards are prohibited by biodynamic standards.

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Is the label verified?

Yes.

The label is verified by Demeter Association, Inc. The certification process consists of an application review, an on-site visit by an inspector annually. Traders are subject to an annual desk audit, with a site visit as deemed necessary. Unannounced inspections are possible.


Is the meaning of the label consistent?

Yes. Agriculturally based products can only be labeled as Demeter Biodynamic if they have achieved Demeter certification.

Are the label standards publicly available?
Is information about the organization publicly available?

Partially.

Board of Directors: Yes. The members of the board of directors and their affiliations are listed on the website.

Financial information: No. Demeter Association, Inc. is incorporated in the state of Oregon. It is not a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Financial information is not made available.

Is the organization free from conflict of interest?

Standards development: Yes. The standards are decided by the board of directors of Demeter Association, Inc. Members of the board must comply with the association’s conflict of interest policy, which prevents individuals with a conflict from voting.

Verification:  Yes. Demeter Association, Inc., has a comprehensive conflict of interest policy to ensure that all individuals involved in the certification program are free from conflicts of interest.

Was the label developed with broad public and industry input?

Partially.

Standards development: The standards were initially developed by a group of farmers who formed Demeter to codify the principles of sustainable agriculture described by Austrian scientist, philosopher, and founder of the Waldorf School, Dr. Rudolph Steiner.

Standards updates: Demeter USA is a member of Demeter International, and standards are administered by a democratic assembly of 22 countries from around the world. The standards are revised annually at a minimum. The process for revising the standards requires that the executive director vets the drafts within industry to obtain feedback. Producers are advised of the changes and given a 30-day period during which to respond with any issues, although only “errors of omission or unforeseen issues” will be considered.