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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!

Heritage Seeds

Other terms include heirloom seeds

Immigrants to new lands have always brought seeds from their homeland to ensure a healthy diet and maintain a link with their roots. These seeds would be collected from the first year plants and sown year after year for many generations. In some cases, seeds have been specially adapted to the growing conditions in a particular region and are therefore valuable to preserve.  Heritage seeds are non-hybridized and open-pollinated by wind and insects, ensuring that plants always grow true to their original form every year.  Heritage seeds are free of genetically modified organisms and are often grown under organic conditions.

Seeds of Diversity  is a Canadian non-profit association that preserves rare and unusual vegetables and plants through seed exchange between members.  Such programs around the world maintain the broad genetic base of our traditional wild and cultivated plants. Heritage seeds help insure plant diversity that ultimately contributes to long-term global food security.