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Organic Pet Food, What The Big Deal
1. A raw diet is biologically appropriate for pets.
Dogs, cats and ferrets have evolved to digest protein in its most natural, unprocessed form - raw. Unlike people, pets have short digestive tracts, and can extract as much nutrition as they require from a well balanced raw diet. Additionally, a well made raw diet is very low in carbohydrates, and free of carbs from grains or other processed foods. This helps to keep pets blood sugars better balanced.
2. Raw diet can prevent and correct many food related allergies, and some diet related health conditions and diseases.
Literally tens of thousands of pet parents who despaired of ever sharing their lives with a healthy pet have experienced the 'miracle' of a pet fed a raw diet. Itchy skin that heals for the first time, stools that are finally firm, kidney disease that seems to 'disappear', diabetes in cats that no longer requires medication. Raw diets are not 'miracle' cures - they are biologically and scientifically sound ways to keep our pet companions healthy.
3. Organic ingredients are more nutritionally dense and nourishing for your pets.
Research shows that organically-produced foods are higher in antioxidants and other nutrients than their conventional counterparts. This means that our pets receive more nutrients, in a denser form, than when they are fed non organic foods. More nutrition means healthier pets!
4. No persistent pesticides or synthetic fertilizers.
Designed by intent to kill living organisms, persistent pesticides can be harmful to wildlife and human health, especially as they contaminate our food, air and water or accumulate in our cells. Synthetic fertilizers require large quantities of fossil fuels to produce, and contribute to soil degradation and ocean dead zones.
5. No synthetic growth or breeding hormones.
Avoiding synthetic hormones (which are frequently given to conventional dairy and meat animals to alter reproductive cycles and speed up growth) means less stress for animals, and reduced exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
6. No antibiotics.
Overuse of antibiotics in farm animals leads to the development of dangerous antibiotic-resistant infections. Organic farmers instead rely on natural measures to promote and maintain animal health. With the rise in antibiotic resistant staph infections in our pets and in people, we mustbegin to address this issue, before it is too late.
7. No GMOs.
Genetically engineered crops are a relatively recent technology with potentially devastating impacts on ecosystems and human and animal health. Organic regulations forbid the use of genetically engineered seeds or animals (including clones).
8. Animal care.
More and more pet parents feel morally and ethically driven to ensure that the animals which feed their pets have the chance to experience a higher quality of life. Organic philosophy means raising animals in harmony with nature. Quality animal care keeps animals healthy and productive, naturally. Additionally, animals raised under humane, organic and "natural rearing" methods of farming live healthier, happier lives, with access to fresh air and water, and experience deaths which are as humane as possible.
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