November 9 2007 by Ellen Roseman
That’s the name of a CBC Marketplace show, which emphasized the fact that you’re not really eating local even when you think you are. Anything can be labelled as Product of Canada as long as 51 per cent of its input cost was spent in Canada.
Don’t believe me? Here’s the information at the Competition Bureau’s website. Look under General Requirements.
With heightened awareness of health and concerns about imported food, it would be nice to know where the ingredients come from. Right now, all we know is that foods from across the globe can be processed here and labelled as domestic.
Some people thought this was outrageous. Others recognized that accurate labelling could be very long and complicated (but that’s no reason not to do it).