Finding truly local food just got easier!
In May 2013, the Canadian Food Inspection Agencies announced a new interim definition of the word “Local.” http://inspection.gc.ca/food/labelling/other-requirements/claims-and-statements/local-food-claims/eng/1368135927256/1368136146333
The CFIA’s new ‘interim definition’ of local includes anything sourced anywhere in the Province and extends 50km across Provincial borders.
This definition allows marketers and retailers to brand products as local that were grown in markets that in some circumstances can be as far away as 3000kms. This new definition is a radical departure from the old official definition which was limited to a 50 km radius around the retailer (with some very minor exceptions.)
The Kootenay Co-op does not accept the CFIA definition of local. In response, we are launching our “True Local” campaign, defined by the concepts of Bioregionalism. We will be labelling foods purchased from our Bioregion as “True Local.”
What’s a bioregion?
Bioregionalism is a political, cultural, and ecological system or set of views based on naturally defined areas called bioregions, similar to ecoregions. Bioregions are defined through physical and environmental features, including watershed boundaries and soil and terrain characteristics. Bioregionalism stresses that the determination of a bioregion is also a cultural phenomenon, and emphasizes local populations, knowledge, and solutions.
Bioregional Purchasing Statement
Purchasing from our Bioregion is an investment in the future of our food security and the economy of the area that immediately surrounds us. Every effort will be made to support agricultural and food processing initiatives in our bioregion that are in line with our Buying Guidelines and values.
True Local: Boundaries of our Bioregion for labelling purposes
West to Grand Forks
East to Creston / Canyon / Lister
North West to Nakusp including Arrow Lakes region
North East including Kaslo, Meadow Creek, Trout Lake, Argenta and Johnson’s Landing
South to the US border
-On the Table, Summer Issue 2013