Is natural the same as organic?
The short answer is . . . no.
As the above chart depicts, there are many differences between organic foods and natural foods, the most notable of which involves the use of pesticides, genetically engineered crops, antibiotics, growth hormones, sludge, and irradiation. Anyone can use the term natural when describing their products. By contrast, organic food and products must adhere to strict rules promulgated by the USDA. These rules apply to pet food as well.
At Paul's Custom Pet Food, all of our ingredients are free of genetically engineered crops, sewage sludge, irradiation, growth hormones, and unnecessary antibiotics. And we purchase and use organic ingredients as often as we possibly can. We source from local farms and businesses, and we never use the term natural to indicate a product is healthful. Educating our customers is one of PCPF's top priorities. Click here to learn more.
Below is more helpful info from a recent blog on the Stonyfield website:
Reading organic labels
There’s more meaning conveyed by organic food labels than first meets the eye. Here are some particulars to help you decipher the lingo:
Products labeled “100% Organic” contain 100% organic ingredients.
Products labeled “Organic” contain a minimum of 95% organic ingredients, and the remaining 5% are produced using no GMOs, sewage sludge or irradiation.
Products labeled “Made with Organic Ingredients” contain a minimum of 70% organic ingredients, and the remaining 30% are produced using no GMOs, sewage sludge or irradiation.
Products with fewer than 70% organic ingredients may list organic ingredients on the package’s side panel, but may not make any organic claim on the front of the package.