Organic 2.0: Biodynamic farming gains popularity in the US, but could it feed everyone?


National retailers like Whole Foods are stocking more biodynamic brands – but critics are questioning biodynamic farming’s ability to feed the masses.

The number of biodynamic farms in the US is rapidly increasing, according to Elizabeth Candelario, co-director of Demeter USA, the nonprofit certifier of biodynamic farms and consumer products in the US. According to Demeter, the total acreage for biodynamic farming in the US increased by 16% last year, totaling 21,791 acres.

So what distinguishes biodynamic farming from organic?

The National Organic Program standard forms the base to the Demeter standard – so if it’s not allowed in organic, it’s not allowed in biodynamic. If a farm is certified biodynamic, it means it has met the requirements of organic, with some additional measures. For example, while organic permits imported organic fertilizers and pesticides, biodynamic requires that a farm system itself produce its own fertility – meaning compost and nutrients – as much as possible through the integration of livestock and the rotation of crops.

[C]ritics of biodynamic farming raise questions about its ability to feed the masses.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: Biodynamic farming is on the rise – and this Californian farm is embracing it

  • Kevin Patti

    So, it’s Organic with even more Nature Woo.
    What a crock.

  • mem_somerville

    2.0? It’s like -2.0. Predates official organic nonsense, with additional nonsense.

  • WeGotta

    Who ever said a farmer in Paris Texas needs to feed people in Paris France?

    If every farmer just fed his/her community the world would be fed.

    “Feed the world” is just a load of PR firm vomit.

    Corporate chemical factory megafarms must expand to meet the needs created by corporate chemical factory megafarms.

    • Alokin

      Exactly. If hospitals can sell mysticism and snake oil, why can’t local farmers?

      • WeGotta

        Nice article.

        Interesting. Hospitals and doctors profit directly from the treatment of our worst health problems (which are preventable) and indirectly from the confusion they help to create about them.

        You can’t go through your day without 100’s of targeted ads pushing those foods directly linked to our worst diseases.
        Nor can you get through the day without being subjected to the annoying sermons from the fanatics of the newest religion called Scientism.

        Rome is burning and it’s very profitable for the arsonists and the fire fighters who have joined forces.

        • Sally Blackmore

          Great example.

      • Sally Blackmore

        Sciencebasedmedicine is one of the worst (or best) examples of a propaganda website out there. TRUE scientists will agree, not the industry shill scientists.

        • Alokin

          And who might be the true scientists according to you? People like Joe Mercola, Mike Adams, Jeffrey Smith and Gilles-Eric Seralini?

  • Alokin

    Just what we need in agriculture today, more mysticism and less science.