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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!

Slow Food

Founded by Carlo Petrini in 1986, Slow Food became an international association in 1989 with an aim to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat: where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world.

According to Slow Food International, everyone has a fundamental right to pleasure in their food and consequently the responsibility to protect the heritage of food, tradition and culture that make this pleasure possible. The movement is founded upon the concept of eco-gastronomy: the food we eat should taste good; it should be produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health; and food producers should receive fair compensation for their work.