What's the buzz about "All-natural" vs. "organic"?
For a product to claim "Organic" in the United States it has to be certified by the USDA, hence the logo the end product. US Organic farmers, ranchers, and food processors follow a defined set of standards to produce organic food and fiber.
These standards cover the product from farm to table, including soil and water quality, pest control, livestock practices, and rules for food additives.
Organic farms and processors:
- Preserve natural resources and biodiversity
- Support animal health and welfare
- Provide access to the outdoors so that animals can exercise their natural behaviors
- Only use approved materials
- Do not use genetically modified ingredients
- Receive annual onsite inspections
- Separate organic food from non-organic food
A food product that claims "all-natural" does not contain artificial ingredients or preservatives. Ingredients must be minimally processed but may still contain some antibiotics, growth hormones or other similar chemicals.
Generally speaking, an organic product will cost more due to the regulations and certification process involved. This is not to state an all-natural product is inferior so it pays to research the companies producing the foods you buy for your family.
An organic and all-natural diet is important because it helps keep skin healthy, aids in digestion, and strengthens a pets immunity to help them live a longer, healthier life!