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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!

Product Lookup Number (PLU)

A  PLU is like a UPC except it is used on fruits and vegetables that are sold loose or bunched, for example an individual apple or a bunch of spinach leaves. A four or five digit PLU code is key-entered at point of sale in order to obtain the price. The PLU, while tracking inventory, also helps a cashier distinguish between different varieties of the same product.  Some items are stickered with the PLU while others will have the number listed on the signage.

Organic produce will have the number 9 placed in front of the regular 4 digit number.