Welcome to the latest edition of Unboxed, where Delicious Living's Senior Food Editor Jenna Blumenfeld reviews the latest natural food and beverage products that have crossed her desk.
This week: Products that feature the biodynamic certification seal Demeter USA
Organic satisfies a need for food that was grown to certain standards. But can we do better than organic? What farming practice is even more regenerative for the environment?
Enter biodynamic farming, a method that treats the entire farm as one holistic entity to restore soil health, cultivate biodiversity and foster a triple bottom-line approach that includes ecological, social and, not to be undermined, economic sustainability.
See related: What's after organic?
The chief biodynamic certifier, Demeter USA, is the most influential promoter of biodynamic ag, and works to educate consumers on what this method of growing actually means, and why it is worth supporting.
Here are 6 products that feature the biodynamic certification seal
Made just with biodynamic organic whole wheat semolina grown in southern Italy, this vegan and nut-free pasta is extruded using bronze plates. Bronze plates allow the penne to achieve a rough texture so that sauce can better cling to the microscopic nooks and crannies.
Conscious rice company Lundberg Family Farms branches into biodynamic growing with this short-grain brown rice. The front of the package features ample certifications, including USDA Organic, Demeter certified, Non-GMO Project verified and 100% Whole Grain.
Based in Huntington, New York, Natural Nectar has created biodynamic flatbread crackers that are a delicious, crunchy platform for cheese, nut butters and more. Made with Demeter USA whole grain rye flour, whole grain spelt flour, spelt flakes and sea salt. Each two-slice serving offers 3 grams of fiber and just 60 calories.
Grown in Greece, Organic Divina's whole, biodynamic kalamata olives are packed with a straightforward blend of organic red wine vinegar and sea salt. Like many biodynamic products, Organic Divina also includes the USDA Organic seal, as Demeter USA is still lagging in market recognition.
Grown in Paraguay, this Demeter USA-certified cane sugar is also fair trade certified, ensuring that farming cooperatives are well-paid for their products. Wholesome!'s sugar is made from cane juice that is evaporated and crystallized the same day it was harvested.
Masterfully blended tomato sauce ingredients, including biodynamic tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil, onions, carrots, basil, celery and salt, combine into this beautiful regenerative condiment. The parent company of Yellow Barn is Good Boy Organics, a brand that sells organic, kid-focused snacks.
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