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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!

Corn Fed Beef

Other terms include corn finished or grain finished

Corn fed cows spend their first summer in pasture and are then transferred to feed lots in the fall.  For the next 6 months, they are fed a high grain diet (corn, soy) with small amounts of hay and silage.  Grains, which are high starch, high energy foods, decrease the time required to fatten the cattle and increase the yield from dairy cows. Corn fed cattle can be raised all year round, providing the well-marbled meat that is commonly sold in grocery stores.