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Organic dog food is all natural and is free of preservatives, pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics. Since organic dog food is made to adhere to a certain level of standard, beginning with the meat and vegetables that go into the food, they are often healthier for your pet to consume.
When a dog food is certified organic, it is held to a very high level of scrutiny when it comes to handling, livestock standards, and crop standards:
• Organically produced foods are handled and packaged separately from non-organics.
• Organic livestock receive 100% organic feed, and are prohibited from receiving any antibiotics or hormones.
• Organic crops are managed the old fashioned way: crop rotation, natural fertilizers, etc.
All of these practices must also be documented and backed up with detailed record keeping. Only then can a dog food be "Certified 100% Organic.".
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|