Holle is a pioneer in the European Demeter-certified biodynamic production of baby food.As the first Demeter manufacturer of baby foods, Holle has always been closely linked to biodynamic agriculture. Approximately 80% of our products globally carry the Demeter seal, the highest standard internationally for holistic, ecological, and ethical farming practices.
For more than 100 years, Demeter farming has been practicing the same thing that is now being celebrated as a sustainable trend: Biodynamic farming in closed cycles in which one stage logically links to the others.
Holle products that bear the Demeter seal are cultivated in accordance with biodynamic guidelines and produced in harmony with nature. Through the absence of herbicides, chemicals, and synthetic pesticides, an average of 33% more species can be found on biodynamic farms than on conventionally cultivated land.In a biodynamic farming system, the soil contains biomass, which promotes humus formation. A thick humus layer in turn keeps the soil healthier by increasing its ability to retain nutrients and water. Most importantly, this soil is able to bind greenhouse gasses over the long term – which is an important factor in climate protection.
Demeter farmers focus on the holistic quality of their products by raising their animals in a uniquely humane and caring environment. This includes not removing their horns - a painful procedure for the animal. Horns are involved in a cow's and/or goat's digestive process, and retaining them impacts on the composition of the milk, including keeping high levels of vitamin E, beta carotene, and valuable omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. By keeping their horns intact, Demeter-raised animals produce wholesome and tasty milk - the ideal base for Holle milk and formulas.
*While our products may frequently be defined as Organic and Demeter-Certified in Europe, due to differences in regulations in the US, something that is “organic” in the EU may not be organic in the US and therefore, not qualify for the US Demeter Certification.