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The origin of this farmers' association lies in the 1920s, when the first farmers in the countries of Germany and Austria took up and implemented the ideas of the anthroposophist Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925). In 1924, what is now the oldest organic farmers' association was founded under the name DEMETER. The name goes back to the Greek earth goddess (Greek: Meter = Mother), daughter of Kronos and Rheia, who belongs to the twelve Olympian 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 picture, is a protected trademark under which products produced biodynamically according to anthroposophical rules are sold. Also protected is the prefix Biodyn, which means "in conversion to Demeter".

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