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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!

Terroir

Terroir was originally a French term to describe the unique characteristics of geographical locations (soil, weather, and farming techniques) that influenced the flavour of wine. Today, we ascribe the term terroir to any agricultural product or artisanal food like cheese or bread, including within it the idea of traditions and cultures inherent within geographical areas. Implicit in the concept of terroir is that wine and food flavours are unique to their particular regions of origin and cannot be perfectly replicated outside of that region.