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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!

Foodshed

A foodshed is a conceptual definition to describe sustainable food systems, defining the origins and destinations of the food you purchase.

The term foodshed is similar to the concept of a watershed: while watersheds outline the flow of water supplying a particular area, foodsheds outline the flow of food feeding a particular area. Your own particular foodshed encompasses the farms that supply your food requirements.

Our global food system often necessitates a foodshed that encompasses the entire world.  However, as more and more people source out locally grown and produced foods, their foodsheds begin to dwindle in size until they more closely resemble their local watershed. A smaller foodshed leaves a smaller carbon footprint