Green Choices: Produce Buyer's Guide
At the farmers’ market, or the supermarket, what do those labels mean?
Health benefits: The same as organic.
Eco-benefits: Everything from water collection and runoff to distribution is done following the best practices for sustainability. A 1993 study of 16 farms in New Zealand showed the Demeter-certified biodynamic farms to be equally productive but to have much higher soil quality than their conventional counterparts.
Is it regulated? Yes, by the independent Demeter Association.
Keep in mind: Biodynamic principles extend to distribution (which is primarily local) so products are usually available only through co-ops, CSAs and farmers’ markets.