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!
Certifications, Brands and Labelling
Cooking, Food Preparation and Storage
Food and the Environment
Food Marketing and Sales
General Agriculture and Food
Nutrition and Health
Other terms include Naturally Raised
This may be the most misunderstood food label. When applied to products or feed, there is the implication that they have been minimally processed and contain no artificial ingredients, colouring, or chemical preservatives.
Naturally raised animals are provided with a vegetarian diet and will have been exposed to neither antibiotics nor hormones, but the term does not refer to the way the animal was raised or handled. Check with your farmer to better understand how the animals were raised.