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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!

Nutraceuticals

While there is no universally accepted definition of a nutraceutical, Health Canada defines it as a product isolated or purified from food that is then generally sold in medicinal capsules, tablets or powders. A nutraceutical must have a demonstrated physiological benefit or measurable protection against chronic disease. Examples of some nutraceuticals, currently sold as dietary supplements, include Quercetin (from the skins of apples and red onions), Psyllium (from the husk of the psyllium seed), Isoflavonoids (from soy and clover), and Estrogen (from wild yams).