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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!

Local Food Plus (LFP) Certified

Local Food Plus is an Ontario-based certification body that attempts to recognize  sustainability in all aspects of the food production and distribution process.  Both Ontario growers and processors can achieve LFP certification for their products. 

Certification is awarded on a points system that measures farm's and processor's environmental impact, energy consumption, labour practises, animal husbandry methods and other production practises.  

In order to be eligible, farms and processors need  to meet the minimum points threshold after combining all categories.  Under LFP rules, some chemical inputs (pesticides and herbicides) can be used. GMO seed is not allowed (for vegetables and fruit) . Meat sourced from livestock fed with GMO grains is currently permitted.