The Difference Between Natural and Organic
The Difference Between Natural and Organic
We’ve all been there, standing in the grocery aisle, reading a product label not sure what the terms actually mean. We want to find the healthiest ingredients, but are confused by the labels. We think, “All natural” sounds good. ‘Organic’ is never bad, right?” But what do these standards mean as far as quality of meat? And how are they different from each other? Is one better than another? Charcutnuvo knows organic sausage and natural sausage well and can help the discerning shopper understand what quality meat product is right for every family. We’ll take away some of the mystery of these terms so you can plan your purchases and menus and eat quality, antibiotic and hormone-free sausage!
Let’s cover the terms. For starters, natural and organic are not the same. In general, “organic” has to do with the process with which the product is grown, produced or handled. Whereas “natural”, as defined by the USDA, has a little to do with how animals are raised, but a lot to do with what has or hasn’t been added to the product during processing.
Natural – The main requirement for “natural foods” is that they are “minimally processed.” The USDA has a very broad definition of “minimally processed”, so the term has been easily manipulated in order to apply the natural moniker to products that don’t feel natural when closely examined. Antibiotics and other harmful chemicals such as liquid smoke and natural flavorings are allowed in “natural” foods. Hormones are allowed in beef, but are never allowed in pork or chicken. Many processors therefore use very low quality chicken and pork that are full of antibiotics….and are still allowed to claim the product as “All Natural.” Their labels will state that their “All Natural” chicken and/or pork products are raised without hormones (which are not allowed anyhow), but will make no mention of antibiotics. If it does not explicitly state “no antibiotics”, you can safely assume that the meat is full of harmful antibiotics. When you see the Charcutnuvo label of “natural” we mean antibiotic and hormone free, humane treatment of animals, no added chemicals. If you are purchasing “All Natural”, make sure that the labeling also indicates “No antibiotics added”.
Organic – Organic is a USDA designation that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods and meets certain requirements. Organic products come from animals that aren’t given any antibiotics or growth hormones, and from ranchers that don’t use conventional pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified ingredients in their feed or fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients, bioengineering or radiation. The land that is used to raise these animals has to be free of harmful pesticides and herbicides for five years, thus ensuring there are no residual and harmful chemicals left in the soil. There are many steps along the way to ensure that the product meets all of the NOP (National Organic Program) standards throughout the entire process. For example Charcutnuvo meats come from land that has been certified organic, the animals have also been certified organic, their feed has been certified organic and non-GMO, and then the processor where animals were harvested had to be certified organic. Finally, the meat comes to us….where, you guessed it, we have to be certified organic. The organic standards describe the specific requirements that must be verified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent before products can be labeled “USDA organic.” There is an increasing demand for organic food because of the high nutrient content and benefits to our land resulting from supporting organic.
What This Means at Charcutnuvo
At Charcutnuvo, we may eventually transition to entirely organic. We believe in organic and all of the benefits it provides, but currently certain proteins simply are not readily available as organic: elk, bison, pheasant, are just a few of the items where only a limited supply of organic exists. We also have so many loyal customers that are loyal to our natural line. Our natural and organic proteins are actually quite similar in how they are raised, treated and processed. Both our organic and natural lines are non-GMO, never administered antibiotics or hormones, are treated humanely, and have access to the outdoors. The main difference is in the feed and on the land in which they graze. Organic requires organic feed and certified organic land.
Natural vs. Organic Sausage
At Charcutnuvo we know a lot about what makes great organic and natural foods, and we know a whole lot about organic and natural sausages. In fact, we are an industry leader as we create delicious sausages from the most quality ingredients. We don’t skimp on quality because we know our customers are looking for only the best. So how do you choose between organic and natural when it comes to sausage selection?
The great thing is at Charcutnuvo you don’t have to. We offer both.
Whether you’re looking for spicy or sweet, pork or chicken, our 100% organic sausages meet the strict USDA organic standards. From brats to uncured sausage links, we know that every palette, no matter the preferences, can taste the difference when ingredients are grown without antibiotics, hormones, or pesticides. It turns out that organic flavor is delicious!
The good news is we have over 14 sausage offerings that are labeled organic. You have the chance to sample a number of them in our Organic Sampler. Six different types of organic sausages are available in this bundle for only $55. Good food at a good price, is the Charcutnuvo way, but this unique package of products are only available at this price for a limited time. This sampler includes:
From grown-up to kid preferences, this organic sausage bundle has something for everyone in the family. If you are wanting to make a shift to more organic meats in your diet, this is a great way to fill your freezer and your people’s tummies with delicious, nutritious meats.
If all-natural sausage is what you’re looking for, Charcutnuvo is your sausage supplier. With 16 varieties of natural sausages to choose from, you get a selection of flavors without sacrificing quality. We skip any of the preservatives, hormones, or unnecessary extras for clean, lean proteins. The flavor and ingredient variety in our Natural Sampler is exceptional. From bison to antelope, pork to chicken, you can try exotic game and comfort-food bacon in one variety pack. For only $55 you are getting a deal on this all natural meat selection that will make everyone in your group happy for lots of reasons. The textures, flavors, and ingredients are purely good. A limited time offer, you can get these incredible sausages bundled in a way that is good for your body and your billfold. The Natural Bundle includes:
Now that you know the difference between natural and organic sausages and see the variety of options Charcutnuvo offers in both categories, it’s time to start making some choices. You could buy it all (I mean really, why not? You could!) But if your freezer space or guest list is limited and you need to start somewhere, remember the Organic Sampler and Natural Sampler are only available for a limited time. Those are two great options you can use as a place to start. But how to choose even between these two healthy meat options?
Choosing Your Sausage
As you consider your choices between our wide variety of organic and natural hormone-free sausages, consider what you are looking for:
Choose organic when you want:
-A certified meat product is produced, manufactured, and handled using organic methods defined by certifying bodies such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under its Organic Food Products Act.
-To know your meat is hormone-free and plant ingredients are pesticide free.
-Humane treatment of animals and our planet.
-A longer shelf life.
Choose natural when you want:
-Food items that are not altered chemically or synthesized in any form.
-Ingredients derived from plants and animals.
-Clean meats without any additives or preservatives.
-A freshness that can’t be matched.
If you’re looking for delicious flavor and rich texture that is a healthy protein for you and your family, you can’t go wrong with Charcutnuvo’s natural or organic lines. Full of variety you have options on type of meats, seasonings, and sizes. No matter what gets thrown on the grill tonight or included in your week’s meal plan, you can be confident our natural and organic sausages are just what you’re looking for.
As always Charcutnuvo guarantee’s customer satisfaction. If you try our organic sausages and decide they aren’t what you are looking for, no problem we’ll work to make it right. If you make a purchase of our natural sausage and decide it doesn’t meet your standards, we are happy to hear from you to get you what you need. We make organic and natural sausages because we believe they are better for the planet and better for humans’ bodies. We believe in the quality of our meats and sausages to the point we guarantee you will be satisfied with the quality too.