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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!

Food Sovereignty

Food sovereignty was first coined by members of Via Campesina (the Slow Food Movement) in 1996 to refer to each personís right to define their own food, agriculture, livestock, and fisheries systems and not be subject to international market forces and global food policies.

The seven principles of food sovereignty include:

A basic human right to safe, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food that sustains health and dignity.

Agrarian reform that gives landless and farming people ownership and control of the land they work.

Protection of  natural resources, including land, water, seeds and livestock breeds.

Reorganization of food trade so that food is produced foremost for domestic consumption, leading to local self-sufficiency.

Ending the growing control of multinational corporations over local agricultural practices.

Banning the use of food as a weapon to marginalize and oppress people.

Increased input into decision-making on food and rural issues by all farmers, particularly voiceless women in the third world.