Demeter is the only ecological association that has built up a network of individual certification organisations worldwide. In 1997 Demeter-International was founded for closer co-operation in the legal, economic and spiritual spheres. Presently Demeter International has 18 members and 5 guest-members from Europe, America, Africa, and New Zealand. Thus Demeter-International represents about 5,000 Demeter farms, with nearly 150,000 hectares in more than 50 countries.
Demeter-International e. V. is a nonprofit organisation and its member organisations work together in the spirit of an international confederation with democratic principles. Membership requires a functioning Demeter certification programme. Associations that support the objectives of Demeter-International can be elected as associated members. Its basis is the biodynamic agriculture method, originated by Rudolf Steiner in his “Agriculture Course” given in Koberwitz in 1924, and developed further in practice and research.