Natural vs. organic: what’s the difference?

by Kira Garrett | July 18, 2014

As a pet parent, you want to feed your furry family members the best food possible—but when choosing, terminology can be confusing. For example, “natural” and "organic” are often used interchangeably, even though their meaning is very different. With that in mind, we hope you’ll find the following definitions helpful:


To be considered ‘organic,’ a food must be free of insecticides, pesticides or herbicides, and must be without added growth hormones, antibiotics, by-products and GMOs. When categorizing a meat source as organic, the animal must be raised antibiotic and hormone-free and must eat an organic diet. Regulations are strictly upheld when certifying a food ‘organic’ and foods must go through a rigorous screening process conducted by the USDA. This process can add significant costs to food production, often forcing pet food companies to accommodate the organic certifications by charging extremely high prices for their pet food. .


Natural’ foods can still, legally, contain fillers and minimally processed by-products. Regulations surrounding use of this term are less stringent than those regarding the term ‘organic.’ And because of this, definitions of ‘natural’ can vary from one pet food package to the next.


Every Sojos pet food recipe is 100% “all-natural.” For us, that means no GMOs, no fillers, no preservatives, no artificial colors—nothing but real, raw, human-grade ingredients. The beef and lamb in our Sojos Complete recipes is grass-fed and hormone-free—and the turkey is cage-free. Even the added vitamins and minerals in Sojos are entirely natural. Does that mean Sojos is technically “organic?” In a word, no. But that’s only because we believe that with careful sourcing and meticulous inspection, the higher cost you’d pay for organic certification simply isn’t justified.