Organic Updated on: March 29th, 2019

Organic products must meet federal guidelines set by USDA addressing soil quality, animal raising practices, pest and weed control, use of additives and much more. Prohibited substances include most synthetic fertilizers unless approved separately. Organic meat must be raised in living conditions accommodating natural behaviors like grazing, fed 100% organic feed, and not administered antibiotics and hormones.

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Organic foods following USDA guidelines (no antibiotics, conventional pesticides, etc) tend to be higher in nutrients. However, organic beef doesn’t necessarily mean it’s been grass fed. A grain fed cow can be fed organic grain and would be labelled organic beef. This means that if an ingredient is organic, it doesn’t mean it is higher quality than its nonorganic counterpart

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AAFCO labeling requirements on the term “organic” can also be confusing for pet owners who don’t know the details but it is made clear that organic refers to the processing and not the quality of the ingredients. However, choosing organic ingredients can help contribute to less stress on the environment.

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The problem with organic dog foods is that there is no scientific research showing evidence that this type of pet food is better than the high-quality commercial dog foods on the market. High-quality pet foods do not list processed carbohydrates or fillers as the first ingredients, so they might be just as good as the expensive organic dog food options.