“Local” Food Controversy Consumes Vancouver

Photo credit: PilotGirl | Flickr

Photo credit: PilotGirl | Flickr

Would you consider blueberries from Bellingham to be local? How about tomatoes from Jasper?

New definitions from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have dramatically stretched what it means to eat local, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun. Β Β The updated guidelines says that any food produced in B.C. or within 50 kilometres of its borders is considered local.

In a province as large as B.C., this means that “local” produce and meat could be coming from thousands of kilometres away or even from other countries.

Vancouver eaters are already taking issue with the confusing change in terminology, which may alter the way products are labeled in grocery stores and on restaurant menus.

In the past, local food was defined by CFIA simply as anything produced within a 50-kilometre radius of where it was sold. Β This offered buyers assurances that their fruits, veggies, meats and cheeses were all grown or made in their own backyard and not shipped long distances.

But that restrictive definition also created problems of its own. Continue reading:
“Local” Food Controversy Consumes Vancouver