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Local Food 101

Have you ever wondered why certain foods are labelled Organic and others Natural.  What is the difference between Grass Fed Beef and Corn Fed Beef?  Should you buy the Free Range Eggs or those from Free Run Hens?  Are there Nutritional advantages of one over the other?  And who makes the decisions concerning Certification and Labelling in Canada?  If you have asked any of these questions, then this section is for you! 

Based on some of the most commonly-asked questions about our food, Foodlink has compiled Local Food 101 to help you navigate through the confusion that surrounds food and agriculture terminology today. 

Choose topics to explore from the categories listed below.  This list will grow over time.  Should there be a term that's not here that you'd like to see covered, please let us know.  We'll do our homework to help get you the facts on your food!

Caged Hens

Other terms include battery-caged hens

According to Egg Farmers of Canada, 98% of the 6 billion eggs consumed in Canada come from hens kept in cages. For up to two years, four to six birds are housed in a space measuring 16 by 18 and provided with direct access to feed troughs and water. In today's modern egg production, the eggs roll from the cages onto a conveyor belt leading to a temperature controlled central packing area before they are transported to a grading station.