|Staying active and healthy is important to Rocco and me so we can|
have fun competing at agility trials!
It's important to me to choose healthy foods, and that goes for both me and Rocco. We both like to be active and play, and the better we eat the better we feel!
I actually LIKE fresh fruits and vegetables, and as it turns out, so does Rocco. He gobbles up green beans (he likes them frozen!), apples, broccoli and old favorites like carrots and sweet potatoes.
We both like all sorts of proteins too, so I want to make sure what we eat is the best quality we can find.
I also like the idea of making sure that what we eat comes from safe sources -- free of chemicals or anything artificial wherever possible.
And so, I've explored the options in organic foods and treats -- for both me AND Rocco.
Exploring Organic: The Myths and Facts
There's a lot of information out there regarding organic… in fact, so much information it can make your head spin.
You can read A LOT about organic from the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), the organization that administers USDA organic regulations and describes the specific standards required for organic agricultural products.
In a nutshell, organic operations must show that they protect natural resources, conserve biodiversity, and only use approved substances. For example, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering may not be used.
So what does all this mean to you?
Take this survey and find out!
First, Castor & Pollux, makers of ORGANIX - the most complete line of certified organic natural food for pets made under the USDA’s National Organic Program - has created this survey to find out what folks think and know about organic pet food.
In the next few weeks, the survey results will be created into an infographic and shared right here and across social media so you can see what everyone else thinks about organic too.
Take the survey now to get your opinions included!
Helping you sort through some of the myths and facts
Next, to help sort through some of the information, here are a few myths vs. facts that were presented at a recent #OrganicFestival social media event.
One recent study showed that eating just 80 percent organic can reduce your pesticide exposure by up to 96 percent.
#Organic Myth: Eating organic doesn't protect you from pesticide exposure. #OrganicFestival pic.twitter.com/wIEGkCmVXR
#Organic Myth: You can't prove organic farming is better for the planet. #OrganicFestival pic.twitter.com/BAghRKvJQ8
So how do you know if your food is organic? If you see the USDA organic seal, that verifies that the product has 95 percent or more certified organic content. If the label claims it was made with specific organic ingredients, that means those specific ingredients are also certified organic.
Oregon Tilth is one of the USDA NOP accredited certifiers. If you see the Oregon Tilth logo on a products, it is also certified to the standards of the USDA.
Both of these certifications are used for Castor & Pollux pet foods, which assures these foods with organic ingredients contain no chemical pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, artificial preservatives, growth hormones or antibiotics.
|Rocco says ORGANIX foods are tasty too!|
Castor & Pollux foods for pets are available at Petsmart, Petco, Whole Foods Market and pet specialty retailers nationwide. Use this store locator to find Castor & Pollux near you.
We'll be bringing you more information about organic and Castor & Pollux in the next few weeks. And in the meantime, don't forget to take the #OrganicPet survey!
Do either you or your pet eat organic? Tell us about it in the comments below.