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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!

Locavore

In 2007, the New Oxford American Dictionary announced that its word of the year was locavore.  This term has come to represent someone who eats food grown or produced locally, as defined by a certain radius from their home (usually up to 100 miles or 170 km). Locavores believe that the best-tasting and most sustainable foods are those that are fresh, seasonal, and grown close to home.