Biodynamic® is a method of growing plants and raising animals that is both a homage to preindustrial farming, as well as a promotion of the regenerative skills that are the future of modern agriculture. In fact, Biodynamic® is certified regenerative farming, the most sustainable system of land-management currently available.
A Biodynamic® farm, as well as a Biodynamic® product, must be certified Biodynamic® by the international organization Demeter; any product that utilizes the word "biodynamic" without Demeter's certification is unsubstantiated. Demeter is the only agricultural organization whose regulations are universal, meaning that a Biodynamic farm, no matter its location, abides by the same standards. In contrast, organic certification standards can vary drastically from one country to the next. Demeter’s global reach ensures that a certified Biodynamic® product is of the highest quality, no matter its origin.
The goal of Demeter is to create a global agricultural system that produces high-integrity food and derivative products, like our skincare products. That is why Demeter places strict rules on their farms with a longstanding commitment to biodiverse ecologies and everlasting sustainability.
Simply put, Demeter and Biodynamic® farmers strive to “heal the planet through agriculture.”
History of Biodynamics
Biodynamics is the most sustainable method of regenerative agriculture currently developed. In 1924, Rudolf Steiner, an agricultural pioneer, homeopath, and philosopher, gave a series of lectures to European farmers in Switzerland who had been struggling to produce nutrient-rich food after having adopted the newly available chemical pesticides and herbicides that became prevalent after World War I. Steiner’s lectures were published and widely distributed, and resulted in an ecological movement that brought the farmer’s attention back to the soil.
Benefits of Biodynamic® Farming
Biodynamic’s restorative and regenerative practices actually draw carbon out of the atmosphere, rather than contributing to it as modern conventional agriculture does today with tilling and mono-culturing. An organic certification is certainly a big step in the right direction, but for a Biodynamic® farm, it is the base requirement. Therefore, any product labelled Biodynamic® is inherently organic, but also a step beyond: a gold standard in agriculture.
A Biodynamic® farm must actively use the resources from the farm itself as anything allowed to go into the soil from outside the farm’s own borders is extremely limited. This fosters fertility, biodiversity, and nutrient-dense plants, as well as healthy and happy animals.
This is achieved through the following:
- The farm is viewed as a living organism, not just the plants and animals living within it. It is self-contained, self-sustaining, and follows the cycles of its local ecology.
- Cover-cropping is required, not simply recommended.
- Reserving 10% of farming acreage for natural, uncultivated biodiversity is a requirement.
Use of the 9 Biodynamic “preparations” (specific formulas to enhance soil quality and compost, and increasing microbiological activity).
- The use of any GMO’s is strictly prohibited.
The farm must recycle “waste” products into other areas of the farm, for example composting and making plant-made fertilizers and pesticides.
- People management practices are regulated, meaning that a Biodynamic® farm must treat its employees and contractors fairly and equitably.
What Biodynamic® Means to Maison/Made
To Maison/Made, luxury means a dedication to craftsmanship that renders high quality skincare. Craftsmanship is expressed through our formulations as well as our farming practices. The superior quality of our ingredients are a direct reflection of the Biodynamic® Demeter certification we have earned for our business. To maintain this certification our company is held to the following standards:
- Annual studio inspections
- Strict ingredient sourcing regulations
- Strict storage and handling regulations
- Formulation review
- Frequent supplier verifications
- Responsibility to aid in the healing of the planet