The Benefits of Organic Food
As people become more aware of the foods they eat and the process in which foods are grown and manufactured, current food trends show a surge in the popularity of organic foods. Although organic fruits and vegetables are now commonplace, many natural and socially responsible manufacturing companies offer consumers organic products that include everything from frozen pizza and yogurt to dog biscuits!
U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines mandate organic food must be grown and processed without conventional chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. Animals used in organic food products may not be enhanced with hormones or genetic engineering.
In order to display the “USDA Organic” stamp, at least 95 percent of the ingredients used must be organic. Organic products are also good for the environment as streams, rivers, lakes, ground-water, and wildlife are not compromised by harmful chemicals. Healthy foods are grown in healthy soil, so you can see, taste, and smell the difference.
Dogs' bodies are smaller than ours and if we can offer them food that is free of preservatives, additives, and artificial colors and flavors, they will be healthier and happier and will perhaps live longer.
Sales of organic pet foods are growing at a rate nearly three times the rate of organic human food. These premium products can cost up to twice as much as the “supermarket” variety. Organic pet foods are minimally processed and they do not include some troubling ingredients that the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) finds acceptable for the production of commercial dog and cat food. Believe it or not, the AAFCO allows ingredients such as hair, blood, waste, and “animal meal.”