ORGANIC & BIODYNAMIC MEAT – HEALTH BENEFITS
When trying our meat for the first time you may notice some differences:
Flavor: Organic and Biodynamic meat has a highly enhanced, natural meat flavor as it is grown on pasture and not force-fed on grain.
Health: There are no synthetic herbicides or pesticides, artificial fertilizers, reproductive or growth hormones, GMO’s, or veterinary pharmaceuticals used to grow our meat so it contains no harmful synthetic chemicals and is a completely natural food, “as nature intended”.
Nutrients: All your essential meat nutrients can be obtained from moderate portions of our meat – large quantities are not required to obtain your necessary vitamins and minerals.
Vitamins and Minerals: Our Organic and Biodynamic meat is a concentrated package of Protein, Iron, Omega 3, Vitamin E and Vitamin B12.
Uniqueness: Each animal contains the unique flavor of the region from which it has come, with the different soil, climate conditions, pasture species and breeds of livestock in each locality creating subtle and wonderful variations in taste, colour and texture.
HOW ARE ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC LIVESTOCK GROWN?
Organic and Biodynamic livestock are grown in biological farming systems which use sustainable and natural agricultural resources to develop fertile, humus-rich, structured soils in which micro-organisms flourish. This soil enables a wide variety of plants to grow which provide the natural nutrients, minerals and vitamins necessary for growth of healthy livestock.
Synthetic herbicides and pesticides are prohibited as they can do enormous harm to soil organisms – weeds are controlled by grazing, slashing, or cultivating the soil.
No genetically modified organisms, reproductive or growth hormones are permitted.
The use of artificial fertilizers is prohibited – the soil is kept fertile by using rotational grazing, composted animal manures, sheet composting, legumes, green manure crops, residual crops, applications of naturally occurring minerals and mechanical cultivation.
It is prohibited to feed products or by-products of a species to the same species (excluding milk).
Force-feeding of grains (i.e. feedlot) is not permitted.
Animal husbandry practices must reflect the behavioural needs and ethical treatment and welfare of livestock.
Livestock are supplied with high quality organic feed at all times to allow them to build up a resistance to diseases.
Medicinal remedies consist of plant extracts or essences, homeopathic treatments or mineral and trace element supplements. Animals treated with veterinary pharmaceuticals (as a last resort to prevent suffering) cannot be sold as “Organic” or “Biodynamic” and must be quarantined from other livestock on the farm.
WHAT IS BIODYNAMICS?
Biodynamic farmers use Organic methods and, in addition, use biological soil activators named “500” to “507” respectively. The principal soil activator “500” is a natural cow-manure based, re-liquified solution that is energized by having been stirred in body temperature water and sprayed over the pasture. This is used as a soil enhancer and activator rather than a manure or fertilizer. These “biologically-dynamic” activator preparations influence soil development and structure and allow plants to feed naturally with their fine hair feeder roots from the soil humus, not artificially with their thicker more vertical roots from water soluble fertilizers.
The plant’s metabolism is governed by sunlight and warmth – it revs up metabolically and takes in more nutrients when the sun provides warmth, and slows down or ceases feeding when it becomes cooler. If the plant is naturally fed from the soil humus it never indulges or ‘eats’ too much as it would be forced to do if fed with water-soluble artificial fertilizers, and consequently does not contain large quantities of unprocessed nitrates.
In a living soil, worms and microbes continue to make new humus out of old organic matter, clay particles, and with the contribution of their own bodies.
The main aim of biodynamics is to restore the harmony and balance of the earth’s organisms within the soil.
From healthy soils come healthy plants which produce healthy animals. This health is then transferred to the consumer of a vibrant and dynamic food.
HOW ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC DIFFER
In many respects Organics and Biodynamic farming are very similar, both are grown without chemicals and GMOs with high animal welfare ethics and sustainable farming systems. The farming techniques are however quite different.
Biodynamic farming is a holistic practice where all things are considered living inter-related systems – animals, plants and the solar system. Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as pasture rotation, green manure, compost and biological pest control.