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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!

Food Miles

Food miles are the distance that a unit of food travels from where it is produced to where it is consumed. Each piece of food that we eat travels some number of food miles, ranging from as little as 0.0057 miles for a backyard garden tomato to as much as the 9,000 miles for New Zealand lamb. We use food miles to assess the impacts of our food system on energy use, pollution, traffic congestion, and the economic well being of our local food-producing communities. Food miles become more than a number; they are a simplified metaphor to show the relative environmental and social costs of an increasingly global food