Argital - Demeter Certified Cosmetics April 25, 2016 09:00
Demeter is the internationally-recognized trademark that certifies medicinal herbs, and in general, all agricultural products which are produced using biodynamical methods introduced by Rudolf Steiner. They are equivalent to or higher than basic organic standards. The Demeter scheme is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and is recognised as a UK Organic certifying body (GB-ORG-06).
A biodynamic farm functions as a strong, self-sustaining and vibrant single organism that recognizes and respects the basic principles at work in nature. It is a complete system in which all the different components of the farm are seen as parts of a greater whole. With farm animals at the center of a self-sustaining, balanced and harmonious environment is the result.
Special manure and herb-based preparations are applied to the fields and compost to enhance and stimulate the microbiological life in the soil and improve fertility. These have been shown to significantly improve the health and well being of soil, plant and animal as well as enhancing the vitality, flavour and keeping qualities of the produce for the benefit of the consumer. With the soil sequestering up to 25% more carbon than conventional farming methods, the health of the planet is also cared for. Biodynamic is a sound basis for sustainable food production.
Further to this, the biodynamic farmer recognizes that the life of a farm is exposed to wider, as well as internal farm-based influences. The more subtle rhythms associated with the sun, the moon and the planets form the basis of an annually produced planting calendar. This guides the farmer towards appropriate times for cultivation and sowing for maximum quantity and quality.
The result is a rich and diverse farm built on sound organic principles that is embedded and sensitized to its surroundings. It produces food with such an individual quality that, as with wine, it can be described as having the ‘terroir’ of the farm – the sense of the place where it was grown.
A list of independent shops that sell biodynamic/Demeter produce in the UK are published on the Biodynamic Association website: http://www.biodynamic.org.uk/start-here/where-to-buy/
Argital is Demeter certified. You can find a list of all of the ingredients used in each product, including those that are biodynamic farmed, on our product packaging and the product pages on our website.