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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!

Canada Grade A

Other terms include Canada Fancy, Canada No. 1

Products such as meat, eggs, fruit, vegetables and honey packed in registered establishments in Canada must indicate a grade beginning with "CANADA".  Grade AA is the highest rating given to food products based on physical characteristics, moving down to A, B (Canada Choice), and C (Canada Standard) levels.  Regardless of the rating, all food products are safe and edible.