|Oxbow and organic. Both good signs!|
|Hey, it's pretty good!|
Some people may ask: Does buying organic matter, or is it just hype? Well, according to the Mayo Clinic:
- Nutritionally, there does not appear to be a significant difference between conventional and organic produce.
- "Organic produce typically carries significantly fewer pesticide residues than does conventional produce."
- Organic produce restricts the types of food additives that may be used.
- "Organic farming practices are designed to benefit the environment by reducing pollution and conserving water and soil quality."
Based on the organic label alone, you would think we'd be ready to switch. However, we also have to point out that there were some ingredients in this pellet that concerned the diet expert at guineapigcages.com:
- Limestone - no apparent reason for its inclusion.
- Wheat straw - not very nutritious.
- Sunflower meal - contains oils that can be fattening.
So here's our verdict: Organic ingredients are a good idea, but Oxbow should have just kept the same formula as their other pellets (Oxbow's Essentials - Adult Guinea Pig Food). There were a few concerns raised about this formulation which prevent us from switching pellets, mainly the higher calcium content. These are good pellets, but why settle for less than the best? We'll give Oxbow Bene Terra Organic Guinea Pig Pellets 4/5 stars, but recommend you stick with the 5-star pellet (again, that's Oxbow's Essentials - Adult Guinea Pig Food).