We heart local is a food based program part of Buy Local. Eat Natural campaign in British Columbia (BC). Aimed to inspire and encourage consumers to purchase, but also recognise and enjoy local food and agriculture.
BC farmers, producers, restaurants, retailers and vendors are welcome to join the year-around program.
How to get involved?
We heart local informs: "Qualifying is as simple as fitting the criteria and submitting your details. If you’re a business that features local farmed or harvested foods from within BC, or a processor who packages any food in BC with local ingredients, then you’re already a contender for the program"
For criteria and more information on how to become a member please visit We heart local website:
Many businesses claim their products are sustainable, but how do consumers really know? Increasingly, they are demanding an independent, third-party seal of approval. Distinguish your goods and services through the Rainforest Alliance's family of marks.
Farms, forestry operations and other businesses that meet the appropriate certification and verification standards earn access to the Rainforest Alliance family of marks for on- and off-product promotions.
Rainforest Alliance Certification offers farms a way to distinguish their products as being socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.
Our diverse set of certification and verification services includes forest certification; legality, logging and forest carbon verification and validation; and forest products chain-of-custody certification (wood, paper, furniture and more).
We offer verification services to hotels, restaurants and inbound tour operators who are interested in improving their environmental, social and economic practices and are on their way to obtaining certification.
We offer validation and verification services to forest-based carbon projects under a variety of credible standards, including the Chicago Climate Exchange, Plan Vivo and the Verified Carbon Standard.
Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G) is a leading UK organic control body with a reputation for practical, efficient and friendly service.
Talk to us about the inspection and licensing of organic food processing,farming, body care products and other organic enterprises, as well as certification of anaerobic digestion outputs to PAS 110 and the Quality Digestate Protocol and composting certification to PAS 100 and the Compost Quality Protocol.
OF&G offers the opportunity to combine organic inspections with other key certification programmes, including BRC, FABBL, FABBL Crop, Assured Produce, Assured British Pigs, etc. (now with a discount available for joint Organic/BRC inspections).
The Organic Food Federation was established in 1986 and is now one of the UK’s leading certification bodies operating nationally in all areas of organics.
The Federation (operating under the code UK4) provides a professional and personal service to a wide range of registrants.
We are UKAS accredited to EN45011.
Through our partners we are also able to offer BRC certification.
We are also authorised to carry out NOP (National Organic Program) audits to the requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture and private standard audits as required.
Our inspectors are highly qualified within their field and are all licensed by Defra.
All sectors of organic activity from across the UK and EU benefit from our inspection and certification service enabling trade without barrier.
Red Tractor Assurance exists to maintain, develop and promote standards throughout the whole food industry.
1. Food Safety
Hygiene’s important at home, so why shouldn’t it be for farmers and food companies too? Our food safety standards ensure cleanliness and hygiene all the way from the farms to pack.
2. Animal Welfare
When you choose Red Tractor, you’re choosing high animal welfare standards. Our veterinary and food industry experts are constantly refining these standards to promote the health and welfare of animals in farming.
3. Protecting the Environment
Farmers look after around 75% of the land area of the UK, so their work can have a big impact on the landscape. Red Tractor standards include responsible farming methods, so when you’re buying Red Tractor food it means you’re playing a part too.
4. Food origin
‘Food miles’ are a real concern for shoppers. The flag in the Red Tractor logo guarantees the food’s origin. The Union Flag provides an independently verified guarantee that the food you’re buying has been farmed, processed and packed in the UK.
5. Rigorous standards
Our standards need to be meaningful and enforceable. That’s why over 78,000 farmers and 500 plus food packers and manufacturers working to Red Tractor standards are independently checked, verified and inspected.
Because Red Tractor covers every step of the food production chain, we can trace all Red Tractor products right back to their farms of origin.
7. Independence and Integrity
Red Tractor Assurance (the body behind the Red Tractor logo), operates on a not-for-profit basis. Our independent chairman is supported by the most respected scientists, academics and industry professionals; such as vets, processors and animal welfare experts.
The MSC's fishery certification program and seafood ecolabel recognise and reward sustainable fishing. We are a global organisation working with fisheries, seafood companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public to promote the best environmental choice in seafood.
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) promotes environmentally responsible farming. We help farmers produce good food, with care and to high environmental standards, identified in-store by the LEAF Marque logo.
We build public understanding of food and farming in a number of ways. These include Open Farm Sunday, Let Nature Feed Your Senses and year round farm visits to our national network of Demonstration Farms.
Freedom Food is the RSPCA’s farm assurance and food labelling scheme. It is the only UK farm assurance scheme to focus solely on improving the welfare of farm animals reared for food.
Whether it is an egg-laying hen, a salmon, or a sheep (or for that matter, any other animal covered by the scheme), we believe that animals reared for food deserve a happy, healthy life. This means providing them with an environment that meets their needs – needs not confined to space, food and water but psychological needs too. So providing a stimulating environment that enables the animals to exhibit their natural behaviour is very important.