Organic: it’s a phrase you’ve probably heard when it comes to the food you put on your table. Taking care of our loved ones is the utmost importance and organic options play a large role in your families overall health, but can a natural and organic pet food benefit your family pet too? The answer to that is simple, YES!
The potential benefits of an organic diet for your dog or cat include a reduction of allergies and itchy skin, reduced digestion problems, and better health overall. You feed your children the best, so treat their best friends the same. Castor & Pollux is proud to be a leader in natural, organic food for your pets.
The Difference Between Organic and Natural
According to AAFCO, the regulatory body that governs pet food, “Natural” means the product comes from plant, animal, or mined sources that are either unprocessed, or processed without synthetic chemicals.
“Organic,” on the other hand, is kind of like “natural-plus.” Being certified organic takes “natural” to a whole new level given the extremely rigorous regulations that form the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP).
Organic pet food takes everything to the original source and boils it down to verify that no part of the food is from man-made elements.
Three levels of organic certification
- 100% organic (can carry the USDA Organic Seal) -Requires product to be made with 100% Organic Ingredients.
- 95% organic (can carry the USDA Organic Seal) –Organix Canned Foods and Dog Cookies – Requires the product to be made with at least 95% organic ingredients
- 70 – 94% organic (Made With Organic – cannot carry the seal) –Organix Dry Formulas – Foods made with 70 – 94% organic ingredients
What gets approved?
Every single ingredient that goes into a certified organic product must be approved by the third party certifying agency regardless of whether or not it’s organic. The standards are very rigorous, and the agency is meticulous in its scrutiny of everything that goes into the product.
Learn more about why organic is important and what it means below.