Customers, who have bought our yogurt for some time might have
noticed some changes in the labeling. We used to say, that we are
certified by the Bio-dynamic Society of Ontario since 1988 and now
we simply state that we are certified organic by Ecocert.
does this really mean? Without getting too technical about the development
of the organic farm movement in Canada, and the certification process
in particular, we thought it helpful to give some background information
about this and where we stand. It is important to us that the buyers
of our product know where it comes from and how it is made and really
what this whole farming thing is all about.
When we started farming here in the middle of the eighties the organic
farm movement and especially the marketing of organic foods was still
in its infancy. The certification process was largely farmer driven
and also executed, because we all did it and believed in it
and the selling of products was somewhat of an afterthought. It was
certainly not the driving force behind the transition of many farmers
at the time and so the certification as an organic farm was
more like a peer recognition badge, which had also a substantial educational
As the market started to develop and grow the certification process
became more professionalized.
In North America California was the first state to implement
an official set of rules and regulations and many old-time organic
food buyers will remember the reference to that set of rules on many
labels in the nineties. With the arrival of “official” organic
rules came the forming of a growing number of organizations, whose
main purpose it is to apply and police these rules and regulations
in a professional way.
While the old system worked largely on trust and mutual interest
in the ideology of the organic farm movement, the new generation of
third party accredited inspection bodies is far more detached and
We may lament the change of times and all that comes with it, but
the organic industry, as it is often called now, has matured and
while we have certainly lost some personal flair we had to gain independent
Coming back to our own position, we still practice bio-dynamic farming
methods and are also certified as such by Demeter Canada, but because
Demeter Canada is a fairly small organization and it lacks the funds
to get third party accreditation, we are officially certified organic
by Ecocert Canada.
If you are further interested in those two organizations you can
get all kinds of information on their respective websites and their
In our hearts we will always identify ourselves with the bio-dynamic
principles, because it is a truly holistic and organic farming system,
but for trade purposes we have to, for the time being, also be certified
by an officially recognized certifying body.