Bio-Dynamic and organic farming techniques are very similar. Except bio-dynamic farming goes one step further and takes a holistic approach to management of a property. It considers the entire farm as a group of living inter-related systems. The soil quality, plants and animals are connected.
The key differences between Bio-Dynamic and Organic farming are:
- Organic farming is generally about maximising the production without using fertilizers or chemicals.
- Bio-Dynamic is about restoring, maintaining and enhancing the ecological harmony of the property as a whole. Soil fertility, plant growth, and animal welfare are seen as ecologically interrelated.
The development of bio-dynamic agriculture began in 1924 with a series of eight lectures on agriculture given by philosopher Rudolf Steiner. This is considered to be the start of what we know as organic agriculture. It originally had an element of mysticism about it as it also related to astrological cycles. However, today’s bio-dynamic techniques are about taking organic that step further and applying natural processes to ensure the long-term health and vitality of the farm as a whole.
A lot of the smaller, ethical egg producers are dishearten by the vague idea of what “organic” and “free range” really means. They are now starting use the terms “bio-dynamic” and “open range” to differentiate themselves from the big egg businesses.