Organic farming based on ethical and sustainability principles
Biocyclic Vegan Agriculture
Our farmers do not use fertilisers (solid manure, slurry etc.) or other substances from animal excrements or parts of the animal body. In addition, the use of products such as feathers, bone and hair meal, horn shavings, blood etc. is prohibited in biocyclic vegan agriculture. Instead, soil fertility is achieved by using plant and mineral inputs such as green manure (legumes, e. g. clover), compost and humus soil, fermentation substrates or other plant based fertilisation techniques. Since November 2017, this standard is available worldwide as a global IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements) stand alone standard.
BNS Biocyclic Network Services Ltd with its recently developed task force BIOCYCLIC VEGAN INTERNATIONAL accompanies farmers who wish to convert to this innovative form of organic agriculture, to obtain the certification according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard and to communicate this by means of a label. It also helps to create local branches and associations worldwide to promote the Biocyclic Vegan Standard in the different countries.
14-17 February 2018 - BioFach, Nürnberg - Germany Meet us at Hall 6, Stand 323. > www.biofach.de/en
Saturday 7 th April 2018 2pm - VeggieWorld, Paris - France Come and see our special presentation at VeggieWorld the next vegan trade fair in Paris. On the agenda: “Biocyclic vegan agriculture – its history, methods, European certification, its network in Europe” (in French).
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THE HISTORY OF BIOCYCLIC VEGAN AGRICULTURE
Adolf Hoops, founder of biocyclic vegan farming. The cultivation practices developed by the German pioneer of organic farming, Adolf Hoops (1932-1999) laid the foundation for the principles of biocyclic agriculture in his horticultural operation in Walsrode (North Germany). He demonstrated how, thanks to plant companionship (mixed culture), a permanent green cover of the soil, raised beds and the use of medicinal plants and other herbs, the self-healing forces of nature can be specifically stimulated in order to develop healthy, purely plant-based humus cycles.
INFLUENCE ON ORGANIC FARMING IN GREECE
After ceasing his professional activities, Adolf Hoops moved to Greece where he continued his practical experiences and began to formulate a first outline of the biocyclic principles. Since 1999 it has been Johannes Eisenbach and Arne Hoops (son of Adolf Hoops and long-time spokesman for the board of directors of BIOLAND, a German organic farmers' association) who further developed these principles into the "Biocyclic Guidelines" serving as a basis for a systematic agricultural advisory programme. These impulses have had a decisive influence on the development of organic farming in Greece over the last 20 years.
FROM THE BIOCYCLIC GUIDELINES TO THE BIOCYCLIC VEGAN STANDARD
Dr. agr. Johannes Eisenbach.Following an exchange with German stakeholders interested in the development of vegan organic farming, it became clear that the fundamental principles of the Biocyclic Guidelines per se already corresponded to a vegan approach. In cooperation with consumer associations, producers and experts in vegan organic agriculture, the principal vegan aspects of these guidelines were identified and incorporated into the Biocyclic Standard (now called "Biocyclic Vegan Standard"), published in 2017.
Biocyclic vegan farming is based on the principles of mixed culture, and all necessary measures are taken to actively promote a high level of biodiversity (particularly with regards to beneficial organisms) throughout the whole farm area (including greenhouse cultivation).
OBTAINING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES WITHOUT ANIMAL FERTILISERS
Our farmers do not use any fertilisers of animal origin. Instead, soil fertility is achieved by using vegetable/mineral materials such as green manure (legumes (e. g. clover), compost and humus soil, fermentation substrates or other plant-based fertilisation techniques. Photo: Johannes Eisenbach, biocyclic vegan producer at Biocyclic Park in Kalamata, Greece. The beets are grown directly in humus soil.
VIGOROUS AND HEALTHY PLANTS
Plant protection begins in the soil: Targeted support for microorganisms living in the soil and the creation of conditions as natural as possible minimise the need for plant protection treatment. Photo: Basil cultivated on humus soil according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard. Vassilis Koutaloupis at Biocyclic Park, Kalamata, Greece.
AN APPROACH THAT INTEGRATES THE ENTIRE OPERATION
On our farms the entire area is cultivated according to the principles of biocyclic vegan agriculture. In case of compatibility, double certification of individual fields according to other organic farming guidelines is possible. An evaluation reference system (Biocyclic Operation Index) is used to determine and evaluate the agro-ecological measures to be taken for the entire operation and for each individual parcel. Photo: Biocyclic Park in Kalamata, Greece. The first farm where humus soil was produced and tested. The beets are planted on raised beds.
Biocyclic vegan agriculture is a well-grounded form of organic farming, where farmers are deeply attached to the soil, plants and the environment, regardless of the size, structure and specialisation of their operations. Therefore, what is decisive for their economic success as well as for the quality of their products is the spirit of cooperation and care that they show towards all that is alive. Photo: Cultivation of Jaffa oranges according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard in Cyprus. Different plant species are associated with orange trees to increase biodiversity in the area where the trees are grown.
PROMOTING THE PRINCIPLES OF BIOCYCLIC VEGAN AGRICULTURE
Red kuri squash certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard.Seeing the global challenges that mankind is facing today and the paradigm shift towards a more ethical and sustainable consumption which is triggering an increasing demand for products grown in a "vegan" manner, it is a logical step to support and accompany farmers in their search for a new orientation and enable them to find the possibility of freeing themselves from the constraint which until now forced them to use animals for food production. Thanks to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard, this can now be achieved.
Vegetables from biocyclic vegan agriculture (Southern Germany, October 2017).In 2005, BNS Biocyclic Network Services has started to implement the principles of biocyclic agriculture in Greece and in Cyprus where currently approximately 80 small hold farms are certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard. In 2016 comparable structures were established in Germany (association BIO.VEG.AN.) a as well as in 2017 in France (association ABV for Agriculture Biocyclique Végétalienne). For the future, BNSproposes itself to enable similar projects to be created in other countries worldwide.
The objective of Biocyclic Vegan International as a division of BNS Biocyclic Network Services is to establish and promote a sustainable, closed loop and vegan oriented form of organic farming by introducing the biocyclic vegan principles in all areas of agriculture and food production. In this context, the protection of the environment, nature and climate as well as animal ethics, health and world nutrition without recourse to animal husbandry are of particular importance.
VIDEO : What is "HUMUS SOIL?"
In biocyclic vegan agriculture, a particular degree of soil fertility is achieved by the use of purely plant-based biocyclic humus soil.
THE PANHELLENIC BIOCYCLIC-VEGAN NETWORK (Greece and Cyprus)
Verein Biozyklisch-Veganer Anbau BIO.VEG.AN. (Germany)
BIO.VEG.AN., the German association for the promotion of biocyclic vegan agriculture, was founded in 2016 by a group of stakeholders working in various contexts, such as organic farming, animal protection and animal rights, veganism, etc. Among its founding members are organizations in Germany such as the Albert Schweitzer Foundation, the vegetarian/vegan association ProVeg (formerly VEBU), the Biologisch-Veganes Netzwerk (BVN) for Vegan Organic Farming and BNS Biocyclic Network Services, but also farmers, wholesalers and individuals who are convinced of the need to develop this new approach towards a sustainable and ethical agriculture.
The goal of the association BIO.VEG.AN. is to raise awareness of the Biocyclic Vegan Standard in Germany and other German-speaking countries, to train farmers in the practical application of the Biocyclic Vegan Standard and to prepare them for certification. It also seeks to promote the biocyclic vegan label on the market in order to guarantee consumers a permanent availability of biocyclic vegan products and at the same time provide them with total transparency from field to table.
In addition, the association BIO.VEG.AN. cooperates with universities and research centres to develop scientifically based support for the findings made so far in the practice of biocyclic vegan agriculture.
In 2017 the first producers in Germany became inspected and certified according to the Biocyclic Vegan Standard by the German Lacon-Institut (https://www.lacon-institut.com/en/). More operations will follow in 2018 with the beginning of the new auditing period.
Agriculture Biocyclique Végétalienne ABV (France)
ABV has been created as a division of the French association VEGAN FRANCE whose goal is to support the economic development of vegan alternatives by carrying out referencing work for companies and services and by organising the promotion of innovations in this field. Since 2013, the association has been creating web platforms that allow companies to have a better visibility and facilitate their development and networking with distributors and consumers. At the beginning of 2017, the association contacted Axel Anders of the International Biocyclic Vegan Network and decided to develop in collaboration with him the ABV division.
In France the inspection and certification is carried out by EXPERTISE VEGANE EUROPE (EVE) (http://www.certification-vegan.fr). Certification operations will begin in 2018.