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Biodynamic – The Real Deal

Have you ever wondered what Biodynamic farming is all about?
Well I had the privilege to actually go to one of their farms years ago. Found it absolutely fascinating. It is a real commitment to very healthy and pure food and farming.

So if you see the name on any products you can be assured that they are the best and purest food you can buy.
I found this article in the “Health and Nature” magazine and if you are interested in good nutritious food it is worth reading.
These type of farms are all over the world not just Australia

 

 

What does being a biodynamic farmer mean? It means that we provide the best possible value in our dairy products for our customers. It also means that we care for the environment in the best possible way. We do not pollute waterways, and we farm with the least water usage and waste possible. We care for our animals in the best possible way – for example, leaving calves with cows as long as they drink milk; not using anything artificial in animal husbandry, and running a bull with the herd to avoid artificial insemination; and by not using hormones, antibiotics, or chemical drenches. We use preventive methods, like herbal creams for udders to prevent mastitis,  herbal and mineral-based products in drinking water to prevent infections or parasites. We use biodynamic preparations made from herbs, manure and minerals on the soil, which provide nutrients that soil microorganisms need to be balanced, so that plants growing in that soil will be healthy and fertile. We try to keep a natural balance between native vegetation and crops to feed the cows. We run monthly study and discussion groups for interested farmers or home gardeners, and two-day workshops where people can learn to make the homeopathic preparations. For us, biodynamic farming is the only sustainable way of farming. Biodynamic farming means our kids can experience chemical-free farm life and grow up in a natural environment with friendly, happy animals.

How does biodynamic farming compare with conventional farming? It is similar to organic farming, in that both farming styles do not use chemicals, do not plant genetically modified crops, and follow strict rules as to how animals are treated, and what with. The difference is that in organic farming, one can take a fairly conventional approach, for example, if there is a weed problem they can use a spray or other method to get rid of the ‘problem’. In biodynamic farming, we instead regard this ‘problem’ as an indicator of where there is an imbalance. We then use natural methods, like weed teas made with herbal concentrates, to restore balance in the environment so that the problem becomes minor and eventually disappears. The same applies with treatments for the animals: we try to prevent problems by providing balanced feed rather than boosting milk production with a higher protein intake. In biodynamics, the long-term goal is healthy, long-living cows, which bear healthy calves without problems, and provide average, balanced production of unhomogenized milk. There is evidence from Europe that continuous consumption of homogenized milk is liked to heart disease; it may also lead to intolerances, as the body has difficulty dealing with proteins that can’t be digested and attempts to reject the unwanted fat molecules.

What is the one thing you want our readers to hear? Support local farmers to the best of your ability – this keeps our food chain alive, keeps Australian food being produced in Australia, and prevents productive land from being destroyed. Companies like ours need consumer support at the cash register. If supermarkets are made to understand that if products like ours are taken off the shelves and replaced with cheap imports or home-brand products that they will not be purchased, they will take notice! Vote with your dollar, and use the complaint pages on supermarket websites to have your say.
Find out more at www.bdfarmpariscreek.com.au

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De-Code those Food Labels

It is all very confusing when you are faced with advertising and food labeling, advocating ‘Natural’, “Organic”, “wholefood”, “fat-free” and more colorful words to make you more interested. All these labels have most people throwing their arms in the air in frustration.

In my opinion there are not many packaged foods that are healthy. Most have had any nutriment cooked or heated out of them. ultimately the most healthiest food is the least processed. Basically anything that is not pulled fresh from the garden, home-grown meat, like chickens and cows etc is not Naturally and automatically healthy because it says so.

The word natural is totally misleading, it can be derived from a plant or animal but be assured it has been altered in some form or another.
The Governing food police in any country will assure you that any food coloring or additives approved by them will be safe. Safe yes but healthy? Probably not. I think there is a big difference.

The words that are usually displayed on packaged goods in big colorful letters like “fat-free” or “Sugar Free” usually will contain artificial sweeteners that are actually harmful. Aspartame is one, which is also known as 951 or sold commercially as nutrisweet. Aspartame has been linked with many health problems like asthma seizures, memory loss gradual weight gain, dizziness, insomnia multiple sclerosis and depression (The chemical maze by Bill Statham).

The interesting thing is the advertising on the packaging is always colorful, large print and on pretty pictures, but when it comes to reading what is exactly in the product, it is often, hard to find the ingredients list and the print is so small if you don’t have your glasses it is impossible to read. I sometimes have to ask someone in the store to read it to me as usually I don’t have my glasses with me. My Moto is if I can not read the ingredients because the print is not clear or big enough, I will not buy it because they do that for a reason I am sure. By law they must tell you what is in the product but I guess the law does not require them to print the information in large print or a color that is readable.

Most of us are not aware of the meanings of a lot of the nutritional labels and jargon, so here is a list of some of them and their meaning.

BIODYNAMIC – This is a very interesting and unusual farming alternative. Biodynamic farming improves soil fertility using compost, mineral fertilisers, cover crops and organic materials.

FREE-RANGE – This does not guarantee the nutritional value, but is a practice whereby animals that provide meat, or eggs are allowed the follow their natural behaviour as much as is possible.

GLUTEN-FREE – Eliminating such ingredients as wheat, barley, rye and oats; the real benefit is to those sensitive or allergic to gluten.

GLYCAEMIC INDEX (GI) – Measures the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. Favourable lower GI indicates slower rate of digestion and release of glucose.

GMO – “GMO – Free” indicates no genetically modified organisms are present. It is considered important to stay away from these type of foods if possible.

ORGANIC – Organic farming produces hight-quality foods without the use of artificial fertilisers or synthetic chemicals. Based on improving the health of the soil where the produce is grown.

PASTEURISATION– Commonly refers to the heating of milk to remove pathogenic bacteria and prevent souring. It is argued that raw milk is the healthier option, although legally it is not allowed to be sold for consumption in most countries. My children always drank raw milk as young children, I believe it to be the best and seems they have strong bone and muscle structure so did them no harm. It’s all a matter of choice.

PROBIOTICS – Commonly found in foods like yoghurt, probiotic are good bacteria for your gut that ultimately strengthen your immune system.

PROCESSED – It is food that has been altered from its natural state for reasons of safety and convenience by canning, freezing, refrigeration, dehydration and aseptic processing (which keeps food sterile).

WHOLEFOODS – Foods made with non-processed “whole” ingredients, such as egg as opposed to egg extracts.
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