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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!

Growth Hormones

Growth hormones have been used by the beef industry for over 30 years to improve an animal’s ability to more efficiently utilize nutrients and produce leaner, less expensive beef. Three natural hormones – estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone – as well as three synthetic hormones – zeranol, trenbolone acetate and melengestrol acetate– have been approved for use in Canada.  The first five can be injected alone or in combination through a subcutaneous ear implant.  Melengestrol is approved as a feed additive and also prevents heat cycles in heifers.

Concern over the impact of hormone residues in the meat we eat and in cow manure, which can contaminate the environment, has led to the availability of hormone-free beef. 

The use of hormones in poultry is banned under Canadian food safety regulations.