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The origins of this farming association date back to the 1920s, when the first farmers in Germany and Austria adopted and implemented the ideas of the anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). In 1924, what is today the oldest organic farmers' association was founded under the name DEMETER. The name goes back to the Greek earth goddess (Greek metre = mother), daughter of Kronos and Rheia, who is one of the twelve Olympic deities (Olympioi). Demeter corresponds to the Roman Ceres and is responsible for the fertility and growth of the earth, the grain, the seeds and the seasons or the vegetation cycle. The name DEMETER in conjunction with the word image is a protected trademark under which biodynamically produced products are sold according to anthroposophical rules. The preliminary stage Biodyn, which means "in conversion to Demeter", is also protected.

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