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What is meant by 'organic' and 'biodynamic'?

The following is from IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) and is one of The Green Pavilions favoured definitions:

Organic agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.

For more information visit www.ifoam.org

The following is sourced from www.daff.gov.au The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in Australia.
Organic farming systems include those referred to as biodynamic or biological. The basic principle of organic farming is to achieve optimum quantities of produce and food of high nutritional quality without the use of artificial fertilisers or synthetic chemicals.
Organic farming emphasises:

  1. the use of renewable resources
  2. the need to conserve energy, soil and water resources
  3. maintaining environmental quality

The production cycle is as closed as possible, with limited use of external inputs permitted by the National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce.

A biodynamic farming system has additional requirements to an organic system. Biodynamic farming systems are founded on the application of preparations originally developed by Rudolf Steiner and subsequent methodologies derived from practical application, experience and research based on these preparations.

Daff's role in the organic and biodynamic food industry :-
The department's Food and Agriculture Division is the contact for organic industry domestic policy matters.
The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) is responsible for organic industry export policy matters, including maintaining the National Standard for Organic and Biodynamic Produce.