Well, that depends. All 3 claims mean different things. Just because one food is labeled organic, holistic or natural does not mean it is better for your pet.
- The term “Natural” means a feed or ingredient derived solely from plant, animal or mined sources that have not been produced by a chemical synthetic process.
- The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) defines and regulates this term.
- Organic crops must be grown on land free of pesticides for at least 3 years.
- Organic livestock is fed organic feed, is not given antibiotics or growth hormones, and has access to the outdoors.
- The US dept. of Agriculture (USDA) defines and regulates this term.
- Look for the USDA organic seal as proof of a certified organic pet food. Pet foods with this seal must contain 95%-100% organic ingredients.
- “Holistic” as it refers to pet foods is not defined or regulated by any regulatory body. Basically a pet food company can use this term on any food for any reason.
All three of these terms are frequently used on pet food marketing materials. Be a smart consumer and look for the AAFCO labels and feeding trials to help make your decisions.