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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!

Humanely Raised

Other terms include humane raised and handled

While a certification program for humanely raised animals exists in the United States, in Canada it is presumed to mean that animals are raised in a way that allows them to do what comes naturally.  From birth to slaughter, animals are provided with gentle handling, natural feed without hormones or antibiotics, access to open spaces and the outdoors if necessary, and a higher standard at the slaughterhouse. Check with your farmer to better understand how the animals were raised.