The Demeter Biodynamic label is highly meaningful and verified. It means that the food was grown and processed in accordance with the Demeter Biodynamic standards, which promote ecologically sustainable farming practices and prohibit synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, antibiotics (except to treat sick animals), genetically engineered seeds, sewage sludge as a fertilizer, artificial ingredients, and other inputs that can be used in conventional agriculture and food processing.
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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.