There has been a recent insistence on going organic when it comes to food, and this is inextricably linked to promoting health. But the concept of “organic” does not exist in a vacuum. It is not merely a product that springs out of nowhere and has no history behind it. Going organic is essentially a process of going back to nature and promoting eco-friendly practices. This way of thinking applies seamlessly to organic dog food as it does to organic human food.

Dog on the waterDomestic dogs mimic the human diet inasmuch as there is a need for a prescribed mix of protein (preferably animal-sourced), fats and carbohydrates to keep healthy. So if you follow this thinking, dogs benefit from agricultural industries the same way as humans do. If organic food products are preferred, this encourages more industries to utilize organic methods of production. This in turn will lead to saving the planet from the effects of environmental hazards.

The rationale behind this reasoning is the nature of organic methods of doing anything. Absolutely no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and growth or prophylactic hormones are used in connection with any agricultural process. This ensures that the fruits, vegetables, grains and meat that are produced did not contribute to the inadvertent pollution of the soil, water and air, and that the products are likewise free of toxic residues.

When dog food is labeled “organic” in the US, it means that at least 95% of the ingredients used are organic. Check out the nutritional label and the recurrence of the word organic is sure to be prodigious. The use of the term “organic” is strictly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so consumers can be sure that it is what it says it is. And because organic dog food is made of organic ingredients, it is logically eco-friendly and helps save the planet.

It should be noted, however, that “all-natural” and “natural” is not the same as “organic.” The term “natural” is not regulated as the term “organic” is, so dog food manufacturers can use it with impunity with no fear of reprisals. Organic dog food is among the most expensive in the market, but it is well worth it. It is not only dog-healthy, it is earth-friendly.