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Dear members and friends,
This month’s editorial is taking a solemn tone in light of the invasion of Russian troops in Ukraine. Aggression, violence towards civilian targets, and war crimes consume the news worldwide. The Biodynamic Federation Demeter International stands in solidarity with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people, as well as oppressed Russian citizens who are trying to speak out against the war. Ukrainian reporter
Nataliya Gumenyuk said: “With our courage and unity, we Ukrainians believe victory is possible. But we know we will have to pay the highest price”.
This ‘highest price’ not only includes the unnecessary bloodshed, but also the destruction of Ukrainian infrastructure and land. Ukraine has some of the
most fertile soils in the world and the largest area of agriculture in Europe. The world relies on Ukraine's grain. Now, their rich farming traditions, including biodynamic farming, are under threat. War will have long-term negative consequences on the livelihood of farmers, and hence, as an agricultural organization, we deeply emphasize with Ukrainian farmers in particular. We must explicitly recognize that peace is only possible if the needs and integrity of all people, as well as the land on which they live, are respected.

The Executive Team of the Biodynamic Federation Demeter International

Call for solidarity

In solidarity with the Ukrainian population, we would like to encourage each of our member organisations in the EU to check the possibilities to take in refugees, mainly on the farms, and to reach out to the national charity organisations to coordinate the welcoming of the refugees. We also invite everyone to make donations in any form through the regional charity organisations to support the Ukrainian population. An outstretched hand can make the difference!

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Table of Contents:


News from the Federation

Advisory, Research and Training
Membership Committee
Policy and Public Relations

News from the Section
Review of the Agricultural Conference 2022
International Training Conference 2022
Nothing but a mumbo-jumbo or a solution to current problems?
Leadership in turbulent times
New online course in partnership with BFDI
New publication on biodynamic preparations

News from the Member Organisations

News from the World
New biodynamic association inn Romania
Tasting zone at Prowein
GMO contamination in wild environments
Food processing certification and project officer

International Contacts

News from the Federation
Advisory, Research & Training
Train the Trainers Program
in Latin America

The Latin American Train the Trainers program has completed its first year of activities. This pilot training project aims to expand and strengthen the biodynamic movement throughout Latin America. More than 140 people across 11 Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela) participated throughout the year in various online sessions and regional face-to-face sessions. The project coordinators and the participants marked this important milestone by reflecting on the first cycle of collaborative work.

One of the main objectives of this first year was to lay the foundations for a holistic training in biodynamic agriculture. To this end, a methodological framework using a holistic approach was developed and put into practice during the year. The framework is deeply rooted in the anthroposophical understanding of the processes involved in adult learning, and it seeks to engage the thinking, feeling and willing capacities of human beings in the biodynamic training experience. The guiding beliefs underlying this holistic approach to training assert that when biodynamics is experienced with the whole being, it becomes much more than a farming method, but a path of inner transformation and development.

In the effort to work on the development of the trainer, several key working sessions were held with Latin American expert trainers. These included the practice of Goethean Observation by Vincent Geerts from Mexico and Speech Training with Alicia Silveira from Argentina. While Fernando Silveira and Simon Blaser from Brazil worked with the group on key aspects of Group Dynamics.

There were several final reflections from the participants of this pilot year of training. There was a unanimous feeling that this course has enhanced the development of biodynamics in Latin America and that it has strengthened the bonds of collaboration and communication between the participating countries. Within countries, team bonds were strengthened, and teamwork was valued over the figure of the individual trainer. In the countries that have not yet formed an association, participants highlighted the trust generated among peers and the potentiality of forming a group for further collaboration and work. Overall, participants acknowledged that the lived experiences and the tools delivered have been useful for their self-development and confidence, no matter how far they were along their path as trainers in biodynamics.

The familiarity among participants from different countries and the common language facilitated the implementation of the project and involvement of participants. However, the diversity of local contexts and above all the great differences in the existing training programs in biodynamics in each country became evident and were decisive in projecting a second year with a greater focus on addressing local needs and interests, especially in those countries that do not yet have established training programs.  The details of how this second year will be approached are still being discussed by the coordinating group. What is clear is the strong desire to continue building a Latin American Community of Trainers on the basis of collaboration and support networks; a community of trainers working together to spread and strengthen of the biodynamic movement in Latin America.

The work of this second year of training will be shared among the Latin American participants and the entire international community during the local Training Congress to be organized by the International Federation in four regions worldwide (Africa, Asia and Oceania, Europe, and Latin America). The work of this training initiative, including the theoretical foundations, methodological frameworks and concrete examples of training exercises will be compiled and shared with the entire international community in a Training Manual currently being developed by the Federation.

For more information, please contact Paz Bernaschina at:
Membership Committee
Project funding
Application period extended to 20 March

The call for funding applications within the Federation is open again! The application structure can be used by member organizations to apply for project specific funding out of one of the following areas:

  • Advisory, Research and Training – with the ART Committee
  • Marketing – with the International Marketing Committee
  • Organization development – with the Membership Committee

Applications for project funds are now also welcomed from member organizations who have their own trademark income.

Please read the application criteria carefully:

  • Time limit of one year per project application
  • Obligation to provide an evaluation report at ¾ of the project time
  • Applications for project funds are now also open to member organizations who have their own trademark income
  • You can apply to 2 out of 3 funds at the same time
  • You can apply 2 out of 3 years for the same fund
  • If you apply for funds from more than one committee, please rate your project applications by order of priority
Each committee has also published its own decision-making criteria. See the detailed criteria here
The deadline for application is now extended to 20 March 2022.

If you wish to submit an application, please fill in the application form available
here, and send it to the relevant committee coordinator: 
If you have any questions, please address the relevant committee coordinator. 
Policy and Public Relations
Internal area for Lobby and Public Relations
Training session on March 29

Exciting news from the Lobby and Public Relations Section: as of March 2022, there is a now an ‘internal area’ dedicated to the Federation's Lobbying and Public Relations work.

The section contains all the material published on the different policy topics such as plant breeding or animal welfare. But it also includes all our press releases and materials from the different training sessions. The internal area has an intuitive and easy interface, so you will be quickly able to get an overview of the contents and browse through them.

The internal area is accessible on our website : Please note that it is password protected. If you are interested and want to access the internal area contact Clara Behr at:

On March 29 we offer a training session from 2 to 3 pm CET during which we will guide you through the internal area and present all the material available. We will also use this opportunity to update on the policy work in general and discuss the work ahead on the relevant policy areas. All questions and comments will be welcome as usual.

Here is the link to access the Zoom meeting:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Clara Behr at:

Pesticide-free agriculture
Joint statement on the revision of the sustainable use of pesticides directive

The European Commission started to revise its rules on the sustainable use of pesticides (SUD) in the framework of the Farm to Fork Strategy. An updated version of the current SUD directive is expected to be published later in March.

This revision process will be key to achieving the Farm to Fork Strategy’s target for a reduction of pesticide use by 50% by 2030 and to embrace the much needed transition towards more sustainable farming practices. However, so far the leaked draft of the new SUD regulation shows a strong lack of ambition, giving Member States numerous possibilities to avoid the objectives set in the Farm to Fork Strategy. Even though some improvements are made, the legislative proposal lacks the change in mindset that the EU needs to considerably reduce the use of pesticides in farming practices.

Key elements for the new regulation

Together with more than 70 organisations, the Biodynamic Federation Demeter International addressed a joint statement to the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety (DG Santé), Stella Kyriakides, and to the Commission’s vice-president, Frans Timmermans, to express our concerns and to call for an ambitious regulation towards a pesticides-free world.

We asked the Commission to consider the following elements in the new regulation:

  • Set the transition to agroecological practices and a pesticide-free future as a clear objective.
  • Establish truly ambitious and legally binding reduction targets in the use and risk of synthetic pesticides, and to immediately ban the use of more hazardous pesticides
  • Maintain the aim for Member States to reduce dependence on the use of pesticides
  • Upgrade the definition of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Require that National Action Plans drafted by Member States be reviewed and approved by the Commission 
  • Exclude the incentivisation of precision farming and genetic engineering techniques
  • Ban the use of highly damaging practices, such as aerial spraying, seed coating, calendar spraying, etc.
  • Ensure public access to adequate statistics on pesticides
  • Ensure that the budget of the Common Agricultural Policy is used to drive the transition towards agroecology
  • Change the name of the proposal as the use of synthetic pesticides is simply not sustainable.
You will find the full letter here:
For more information, please contact Clara Behr at:
Sustainability labelling
Joint Letter to the European Commission

The Federation has joined 10 other civil society organization and farmers associations in a joint open letter to the European Commission. The letter addresses the shortcomings of the current plans for a sustainable food label in the European Union. During the past months, the Commission has announced that they intend to use the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) methodology to assess a food product’s impact on environmental, nutritional, livestock, and social aspects.

While a meaningful sustainability labelling of food products is valuable, as it puts pressure on destructive industrial agricultural practices and rewards sustainable farming systems, including organic and biodynamic farming, the PEF methodology is very flawed and might even unintendedly punish green farming methods.

The PEF was initially aimed at industrial products and is thus not adequate to assess the environmental performance of agri-food products. With its focus on yield and its disregard of positive or negative environmental externalities, PEF gives misleading results that favor agri-products derived from intensive practices. For instance, eggs from hens in cages score better than free-range eggs, which in turn score better than organic eggs. The letter points out that: “Any future sustainability label must aim to support a transition towards more sustainable food systems, rather than further increasing intensification.”

Instead, the open letter encourages to use of methodologies for the sustainability label that reward extensification, which seeks to reduce pesticide, fertiliser and antibiotic use, while increasing organic farming, improving animal welfare, and ensuring decent working conditions. Examples of such labels include the PlanetScore or Omni Label. It remains to be seen whether the European Commission will take these important concerns into account in the upcoming legislation proposal.

To access the “Joint open letter on concerns over PEF methodology for agri-food products”, click here.

For more information, please contact Clara Behr at:
Training session on AMR
Feedback & Resources

On 16 March a training session on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and livestock farming took place. Among other things, we explored the connection of AMR to livestock systems, as well as using animal welfare, homeopathy and evidence-based veterinary medicine to reduce the impact on AMR from the agricultural sector. 

Dr. Petra Weiermayer, a leading veterinary expert on homeopathy and evidence-based medicine was our guest speaker. She explained how homeopathic treatments in livestock can reduce the contribution of the agricultural sector to AMR as well as the importance of the ‘One Health Approach’, which unifies human, animal, and environmental health.
Here is the link to the briefing paper we recently published on the subject (available in English and Spanish, soon also in German): You will also find the presentation of the event here
You will find below some additional resources on the topic:
For any further questions or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at:
News from the Section
Review of the Agriculture Conference 2022
Quality through biodynamics - perceive, experience, develop

This year's Agriculture Conference, which took place online from 2-5 February, was a mirror of current events: a daily adventure in turbulent times. Both the planning and delivery of the event were a great challenge for the Section team, but also an opportunity to boost the team spirit!
The topic of quality explored precisely what we are all in need of in these times of masks and screens: actual experiences and sense perceptions. So all the speakers, workshop leaders and artists dedicated their creativity to enabling an experience of the sense perceptible side of quality.
If there is one area in which quality plays not merely an important but absolutely vital role, then this is nutrition. Our quality of life is directly dependent upon it: after all, we eat three times a day, so connecting ourselves to the world!
The conference developed into a journey of discovery on the way to a living quality. It became clear how living quality runs like a thread through all the stages of the process of producing our food – from the soil to the table.
It also became apparent that quality is closely connected to ethics. For example, the question of how to improve animal welfare leads directly to better quality in the animal products. But quality also needs to be perceived and appreciated. This in turn can lead to a respect and appreciation of the beings who provide us with quality in our food and our lives: the soil, the plants and the animals.
For more information:

The Agriculture Course: new edition out now!
During the Agriculture Conference in February 2022, the editors Ueli Hurter, Martin von Mackensen, Rudolf Isler, Albrecht Römer and Hans-Christian Zehnter presented the new edition of the Agriculture Course. They demonstrated how the question of quality is a key theme of this course.
Here is the Link to the video.
A new approach for the International Training Conference 2022
"Learning Biodynamics as a Path of Transformation"

In 2019 the first International Biodynamic Training Conference was held in Dornach, Switzerland. The second Conference, to be held in 2022, aims to continue building networks of collaboration and communication among biodynamic trainers worldwide. As we are living in quite uncertain times, we are trying to develop new ways of collaborating around the world. This year's focus will be on raising awareness and strengthening regional training initiatives. So, instead of one centralised conference, we are organising four regional workshops in each of the four continents (Asia, Africa, Europe, and America).
Each region will approach the overall theme of the conference “Learning Biodynamics as a path of transformation” according to local interests, needs and contexts. Each workshop will be designed to be a learning process in itself, and at the end of each workshop there will be an online contribution for sharing the results and discoveries in the most “artistic” (art of education) way to the whole international community of trainers.

Feel free to contact us with questions or suggestions:
For more information

Jean-Michel Florin and Sarah Sommer (Section for Agriculture) with Paz Bernaschina and Petra Derkzen (BFDI)
Nohing but mumbo-jumbo or a solution to current problems?
New video released

In their contribution to the new Goetheanum TV series "Anthroposophy – an extension of science?” Ueli Hurter and Lin Bautze describe the challenges that our agriculture and food system face nowadays and what solutions biodynamic agriculture can provide.

Here is the Link to the video.
Leadership in turbulent times
The Goetheanum's contribution to future-oriented leadership

Challenges in the business world are met by responses in management. New leadership methods are available to enterprises today. The Goetheanum’s Leadership Course online builds on self-education as a basis for acting responsibly in society.

Module I: Leading in turbulent times, 3 to 6 May 2022 
Module II: Initiating and Sustaining Transformation, 17 to 20 October 2022
New online course in partnership with BFDI
"Associative Economics - How to connect farm and world', 21 March to 14 April 2022

This course on associative economics in the farming and food industry is being developed by Ueli Hurter and Christoph Simpfendörfer, along with a number of experts. How is agricultural production linked to processing, marketing and consumption? And, from a knowledge of the whole, what can associations contribute to working in solidarity while at the same time enabling our individual entrepreneurship to flourish? We analyze the company and the value chain for their associative elements, sit down at the round table and put agriculture in context with the world and the historical development of the economy.
This advanced course is aimed at individuals working in the areas of ecological/biodynamic agriculture and food production, trade and distribution as well as advisers and trainers. Participants should have relevant prior knowledge.
Further information on the course content and dates is available at
The ffect of biodynamic preparations on growth and fruit quality of giant pumpkin
New publication

The Section for Agriculture publishes the key findings from current studies on biodynamic topics on its website twice a month. A study conducted by Edita Juknevičienė et al. (2021) confirms the positive effect of the biodynamic preparations horn manure and horn silica on the growth and flesh quality of pumpkins. The full study can be found here.
News from Member Organisations
News from China
On January 8, Demeter China Association invited Mr. Ding Wei, who is the authorized inspector in China, to give an online Demeter Standards 2022 training for the members of DCA. 45 biodynamic farmers participated the training.

From January 25 to February 5, Demeter China Association, in cooperation with Warmth Health Community in China, Taiwan Threefold Living Studio, and Malaysia BD Agri-culture Academy, organized an online Biodynamic Agriculture Conference in Chinese-Chinese speaking areas. Ms. Nadia Fan was our simultaneous interpreter.
From January 24 to 27, there was one free online warm event for each day. More than 700 people watched the four live broadcasts. We even invited a company to sponsor our Conference. So for the first time a Chinese sponsorship company Braodcaster Group (Hongkong) Limited Company appeared on the website of the Agriculture Conference!

At least 47 people joined the online Conference through our Chinese platform. After the Conference our Chinese organizing team interview Mr. Thomas Luthi and Ms. Susanna Küffer Heer through Zoom

For more information please contact: Mona
News from Colombia

During the second week of December, the team of ABD Colombia and the KVP project met in the new offices near Armenia. It was a special week of togetherness after such a long time of working through videocalls. The three most important activities were;

  • the inauguration of the office and training space on Finca La Esmeralda,
  • evaluation of the projects of ABD Colombia of the past year and defining activities and budgets for 2022 and
  • integration of new team members and team building.

All team members responsible for an area prepared and presented a detailed evaluation of projects, activities, results and impact. What happened in 2021 in terms of training, advisory, certification, market development, marketing and communication, organisational development and administration? This exercise gave a good base for a more condensed presentation of the results to the members of ABD Colombia during the inaugural weekend of 10 and 11 of December, when the new “headquarters” of ABD Colombia were blessed.

The inauguration took place in very wet and cold circumstances – in general it was an extremely wet year which has caused a lot of pressure in agriculture due to high levels of humidity. The members who could come, were invited to sense into the “being” of ABD Colombia; what characterises this being? What is emerging? Beautiful touching descriptions appeared. As a foundation stone, a clay pot was filled with visions, wishes and dreams for the future, together with tokens such as little bits of the preparations. The Foundation Stone meditation was read while the clay pot was buried in the earth around the space which will be used for training.

We also visited a few new members of ABD Colombia, not far from the place where the association is now located in the region Quindio. We learned about how macadamia nuts grow (picture) and saw beautiful farms with mainly coffee and other additional crops or activities. What surprised me is to hear from several farmers that they had already read through the Preparation Plant Cultivation manual just released in Spanish! I even came across a beautiful piece of pottery, as a gift to the inauguration of the association, with the drawings of the preparation plants of Jean Michel Florin !


Petra Derkzen and Thomas Schmid

News from the World

Foundation of the non-profit association for the promotion of
biodynamic agriculture in Romania

Board members: Dan Botez, Cristina Bühler, Marius Gabor, with Richard Bühler (2nd from left) and Reto Ingold r.

On 8 September 2021, the members of the new Romanian association held a celebration in Port Cetate. The meeting took place in Mircea Dinescu's famous cultural harbour on the banks of the Danube. The newly elected board, the leaders of the certified farms and many interested people came to the 2-day event with presentations on biodynamic agriculture, the formation of producer groups and the Danube Soy Initiative. The second day was organised as an open day and the spraying of biodynamic preparations on the farm of host Cristina Bühler, Terra Nostra, Bailesti. In the afternoon of the second day, the first meeting of the association took place in Bailesti.
All those involved, the board, those interested in conversion and the supporters of the association, agreed that the founding of the association was an important step in the development of biodynamic agriculture in Romania. The many interested project leaders now receive reliable information in Romanian.  They are now brought directly together with the relevant bodies (BFDI, inspection bodies, advisors). However, the association does not only want to support exports, but also projects for the development of the local market. Although the general population is still not very sensitive to the issue of organic agriculture, there are more and more people who are asking for food that is produced in a particularly sustainable way. Many critical consumers, when asked, want to support the biodynamic movement and would buy such products.

Three biodynamic projects in Romania are briefly presented here:
Domeniul Bogdan, Constanza
Bogdan Mihalcea and his team are passionate winegrowers near the Black Sea. They make wonderful wines with local varieties and particularly innovative cellar methods. Domeniul Bogdan is about 120 ha of vineyards in a hilly area with wonderful dark loess soils. Biodynamic preparations form the basis of their quality strategy.
Ovidiu Luculescu, Suceava
12 ha of Sea Buckthorn orchard with additional processing has been certified this year. Ovidiu Luculescu is a professional berry specialist and produces a wonderful vitamin rich and healthy raw material for juices, concentrates, spreads and marmalades.
Terra Nostra, Bailesti
Cristina Bühler has built up a farm in her hometown with great commitment. In an area that is firmly in the hands of the conventional agricultural industry, she has dedicated a 60-hectare parcel of beautiful black soil to biodynamic farming. After the conversion years with alfalfa, she is planning to produce in the future polenta-maize, legumes such as soy, lentils and chickpeas, but also other crops and herbs such as mustard, caraway, fennel, etc. of the best quality.
Author and photos:
Reto Ingold, Wanderschule, honorary member of the association

Tasting zone at ProWein

World Trade Fair ProWein in Düsseldorf will be opening its gates from 15th May to 17th May. In 2022 there will be a Demeter common booth including a Tasting Area in which visitors can taste Demeter wines without the wineries themselves being present. The Tasting Area will be organized as a seated tasting in a "bar situation" in which the wines are served à la carte. A tasting brochure and advice from the bar staff show visitors the way to the wines that are of interest to them.

Wineries that would like to show their wines in the Tasting Area can now register for participation using
the following link. Registration deadline is 15 March 2022. We’d love to show the trade visitors the complete diversity of Demeter wines around the globe!

Nina Weis for Demeter Germany
Long-standing fears of GMO contamination in wild environments come true

For many years, countless environmental groups have warned about the dangers of genetically engineered plants and animals contaminating the natural environment. These fears have now been substantiated: Brazilian researchers have published a paper that evidences the escape and even successful reproduction of a GM-aquarium fish from a fish farm in to the wild. As such, this presents the first known case of a genetically engineered animal breeding in the wild.

The fish has a gene inserted from the jellyfish family to make it fluorescent, hence its trademarked name of the ‘Glofish’. The escape and reproductive activities of the fish have
unknown consequences for freshwater systems in Brazil as well as the local marine biodiversity. For instance, the fluorescence-endowing genes could enter the genetic streams of native fish, making them more visible to predators. Further, the transgenic fish sexually mature very early which allows them to reproduce more and spread faster. The invaders feed on a diversified diet of native insects, algae, and zooplankton, potentially pushing the local food chain out of balance.

Other countries such as Canada have allowed the sale of the Glofish in their territories. Activist groups, such as
Nature Canada, warn that “the escape of Glofish should be a big wake-up call for Canadian regulators”.

These new developments in Brazil show that it is impossible to completely control and secure the breeding of GMOs in safe, shielded environments, and that fears about their eventual escape from anti-GMO advocates are legitimate and must be taken seriously. GMOs need to be strictly regulated and separated from wild environments to avoid catastrophic effects on ecosystems around the world.

For a more elaborate explanation of the Federations’ stance against GMOs, please check out the recently published leaflet

For any questions or comments, please contact Clara Behr at:

Biodynamic Association Certification UK is looking for a Food Processing Certification & Project Officer to join its team

We are a recognised organic control body providing organic and biodynamic (Demeter) certification for over 300 licensees in the UK. Biodynamic and organic agriculture are ways of cultivating the earth and producing food that are based on environmentally regenerative, socially responsible and economically moral principles. Our Demeter and organic processing certification schemes are designed to provide assurance that the high quality and standards of the food produced in this way is maintained throughout its processing. We are looking for somebody who is interested in biodynamic, organic and sustainable food and farming. It is essential that the candidate is self-motivated and enjoys working effectively in a small team.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience
Certification and Project Officers are required to have detailed knowledge of the UK Demeter Standards and the Organic Regulations. This will have been obtained through previous experience in biodynamic, organic or sustainable certification systems. Certification and Project Officers should hold a degree in a relevant field (food science & technology or similar). However, equivalent experience is also acceptable and training will be provided.
The position requires excellent IT skills, including Excel, Word and Outlook and the ability to work independently, make sound impartial decisions on certification matters, and to communicate effectively with other members of staff.

Salary & working hours
The role is based in our Stroud, UK office. The starting salary is £21,500 pro rata 0.8 FTE (4 days per week). Working hours can be flexible which we are happy to discuss. It is expected that this role could increase towards a full time position in the near future.

Overview of responsibilities
The Certification and Project Officer provides expertise within the Certification Office with regard to all matters concerning biodynamic & organic food processing, packing and trading. The role is primarily focused on the review of reports and certifying licensees for compliance with applicable standards.
Certification and Project Officers also engage on assigned development projects according to directions given by the Certification Board and certification manager.
Key tasks are as follows

  • Review inspection reports for compliance to Demeter and Organic Standards.
  • Make impartial certification decisions as outlined in the BDA Certification operating procedures.
  • Correspondence with our processing, packing and trader licensees with regards to our standards, certification requirements and their inspection reports/certification.
  • Maintain licensee information and certified products on the database.
  • Review initial applications and produce accurate application reports.
  • Dealing with enquiries from potential and existing licensees regarding certification requirements and standards for biodynamic and/or organic food processing and trading.
  • Liaising with inspectors and providing feedback regarding reports.
  • Administration of import and export procedures.
  • Participation in the on-going process of assessing and revising Demeter and Organic Standards in the UK and with The Biodynamic Federation. Attending Standards Committee meetings as required.
  • Development of the certification system with regards to food processing – revision and development of assessment forms, procedures and documentation.
  • Liaison with other Organic Certification Bodies including representing BDA Certification at the Certification Bodies Technical Working Group (CBTWG).
  • Liaison with DEFRA and other public sector bodies where necessary.
  • Provide input into consultations from various stakeholder bodies as requested.
  • Training inspectors and other certification officers as appropriate.
  • Participation in workshops and events.
  • Participation and research in development projects.
  • Website and social media updating
  • Any other administrative, statistical and research tasks that arise. 
Closing date for applications is 18 March 2022; interviews will be held shortly thereafter. We look forward to hearing from you!

To apply for this post please send in your CV with a covering letter to 

Painswick Inn, Gloucester Street, Stroud, Glos. GL5 1QG, Tel: 01453 766296 Commission No. 1158301
International Contacts
Biodynamic Federation Demeter International

General Secretary
Christoph Simpfendörfer
ph: +49 711 40049551

Executive Board
Alysoun Bolger
ph: + 44 1453 766296
Cornelia Hauenschild
ph: +45 874269 90

Certification Assistant - Europe, Asia, Africa
Ute Bucholski
ph: +49 6155 8469 902

Certification Assistant - Latin America
Juan Sebastian Buzzio Sagasti
ph: + 54 336 4450 332

Accreditation Council & Standards
Sebastian Fuchs
ph: +49 176 24308624

Raw Materials Coordination
Aurelie Truffat
ph: +33 450 357 440
Research, Training and Advisory 
Dr. Petra Derkzen
ph: +49 1520 9543662

Katja Aßmann
ph: +49 30 24339759

Policy and Public Relations
Clara Behr
ph: +32 493140455

Sarah Fischer 
ph: + 49 711 4004 9550

Communications Assistant
Anette Jorry
ph: +49 6155 8469 901

Section for Agriculture   Goetheanum

Heads of Section
Ueli Hurter & Jean-Michel Florin
ph: +41 61706 4212

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