Natural Vs Organic: According to Sojos


by Kira Garret | July 18, 2014

As a pet parent, you want to feed
your furry family members the best food possible—but when choosing,
terminology can be confusing. For example, “natural” and “organic” are
often used interchangeably, even though their meaning is very different.
With that in mind, we hope you’ll find the following definitions


To be considered ‘organic,’
a food must be free of insecticides, pesticides or herbicides, and must
be without added growth hormones, antibiotics, by-products and GMOs.
When categorizing a meat source as organic, the animal must be raised
antibiotic and hormone-free and must eat an organic diet. Regulations
are strictly upheld when certifying a food ‘organic’ and foods must go
through a rigorous screening process conducted by the USDA. This process
can add significant costs to food production, often forcing pet food
companies to accommodate the organic certifications by charging
extremely high prices for their pet food. .


Natural’ foods
can still, legally, contain fillers and minimally processed
by-products. Regulations surrounding use of this term are less stringent
than those regarding the term ‘organic.’ And because of this,
definitions of ‘natural’ can vary from one pet food package to the next.  Read more on Sojos’ website!