Could astrological eating be the next big food fad? According to the Hemsley sisters, it might be.
On their Channel 4 programme Eating Well with Hemsley and Hemsley, Jasmine, 35, and younger sister Melissa, 29, demonstrated how to make a full English breakfast – using astrologically farmed eggs.
On the cooking show, the sisters lifted the lid on the latest food fad, using biodynamic eggs which have been produced by using the moon as a guide.
So what is Biodynamic farming?
Biodynamic farming is the latest development in the trend for healthy eating and ethical produce, with some working in the superfood industry seeing it as the next step on from organic foods.
Also known as ‘agricultural astrology’, it is a food production method that “advises the planting, cultivating and harvesting of crops based on moon phases”.
Biodynamic farming is based on the theories of 19th century Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner, who said the best time to plant crops is two days before a full moon for a good yield.
Liz Cotton, a buyer for Infinity Foods in Brighton, told the MailOnline: “Biodynamic is similar to organic but these farms are self-sufficient in compost, manure and feed for the animals.
“They use an astrological calendar to determine when to plant. It’s a bit strange, but the eggs taste amazing – the yolks are bright sunset yellow and they taste better than organic.”
The big question then is whether biodynamic really does taste better? And, Is it any better for us?
In August 2015, Telegraph columnist Sarah Raven paid a visit to Tablehurst Farm, a biodynamic farm in Sussex. Raven said: “As a former doctor and a scientist at heart, I found some of what I heard about biodynamics a little other-worldly, but I couldn’t fault the growing at Tablehurst.
“Whatever one thinks about the biodynamic growing system, there’s no doubt that it does produce the sort of food we should all be eating.”
The jury is still out on whether foods farmed biodynamically are the “sort of food we should all be eating,” with many, including the British Egg Information Service remaining unconvinced.
Amanda Cryer, a spokesperson for the service said, “There is no difference in the nutritious value in eggs from different production systems and this has been shown in government tests.
“If people want to be more environmentally conscious with the types of eggs they buy, that’s fine, the only difference in eggs from different production systems may be a slightly different taste or colour, but there is no difference in nutrition, even with organic.”
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