Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food, and nutrition. Biodynamic agriculture has been practiced for nearly a century, on every continent on Earth. Biodynamic principles and practices are based on the spiritual insights and practical suggestions of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, and have been developed through the collaboration of many farmers and researchers since the early 1920s. Today, the biodynamic movement encompasses thousands of regenerative gardens, farms, ranches, orchards, and vineyards, in a wide variety of climates, ecological contexts, and economic settings.
Because many people were asking for a deeper understanding of agriculture, Rudolf Steiner decided to hold a series of lectures in Koberwitz, in 1924. In this "Agricultural Course" he developed a new understanding for agriculture from a spiritual scientific perspective.
The "Anthroposophical Farmers Research Group" started to immediately test Rudolf Steiners indications on their farms. Three years later they founded a cooperative for the use of products using the Biodynamic method.
Today, more then 80 years after the Agricultural Course, about 3,500 farms manage 670,000 hectars of land and more then 3,500 Demeter (Biodynamic) products are available in specialized stores from Antipasti to whole-meal bread, from wine to ice-cream, from textiles to cosmetics. The group of producers using the Demeter certification mark is the largest provider of certified organic products worldwide.