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Food labeling - Pork

Food labeling - Pork

Labeling is a really quirky, grey area of food production and marketing. On one side are those that care about what is in their food and where it came from and simply ask that producers and processors state these two fundamental pieces of information. On the other side are those that constantly create new complex and creative accreditation to bamboozle the consumer, often to hide oddities or lead us into a false sense of 'doing right by the animal'.

The Pig Pledge

The Pig Pledge

Pigs are known to be sensitive, social, intelligent animals with strong instinctual behaviors and are full of character. Throughout their lives they need companionship, care and an environment that allows them to exercise their natural behavior. These requirements come in the form of traditional farming methods and good animal husbandry coupled with open fields, fresh air and sound feed. The UK has some of the highest standards in the EU when it comes to pig farming however nearly 50% of our pork is important from other European countries with lower standards.

Organic food on the up

Organic food on the up

Demand for organic food is is on the up, not only in the UK but in Europe and even the US. It seems people are truly becoming more interested and aware as to the origin of their food.

In Germany demand for organic food is increasing at a vast pace and supermarkets can now not afford to stock organic produce. One source stated the increase in demand was up by 8.4% in 2014 compared to the previous year. Customers are cited as saying they want to contribute to environmental protection and swear by the taste of organic foods. Some just want to be more healthy!

Slaughterhouse CCTV

Slaughterhouse CCTV

The recent cases in the media relating to cruelty in slaughterhouses, has brought this subject back to the forefront having been debated quite heavily in the past even after the RSPCA introduced the requirement for installation of CCTV in abattoirs from 2011. Needless to say it seems this has been ineffective. 

Fresh Produce

Fresh Produce

Everyone likes to see the word 'fresh' on their food, but when it comes to produce from the supermarket just how fresh is it? The first clue is to look at the origin. If it has taken the slow boat from the far east it is unlikely to have been picked a day or two before, although to be fair a lot is now air freighted within a week to ten days . Not the end of the world, but it is not brilliant and of course there is the huge carbon cost of all that airfreighting.

Macleod Organics

The home of the Highlands original, and still the best, box delivery scheme! We are a family firm that has been delivering since October 1998, with a proud history. We remain fully committed to bringing the freshest, best value, most local possible and always 100% organic products to your doorstep. The Macleod Organics box scheme started when Donnie Macleod started delivering vegetables locally to friends in Inverness and Nairn in 1999.

Romshed Organic Farm

Romshed Farm lies south of Sevenoaks in Underriver where the greensand ridge meets the weald clay. Based on strong conservation principles our naturally reared, pasture fed, organic produce has flavour that is hard to find. Romshed Farm is a small family run farm. We aim to supply exceptional, tasty meat to local people. We enjoy sharing recipes and ideas with our customers, many of whom really appreciate the adventure of trying new cuts and the seasonality of naturally produced meat. The farm`s 175 acres are farmed to maximise the historic, conservation and wildlife value of the land.

Westmill Organics

Westmill Organics is a local organic vegetable box scheme delivering high quality, freshly harvested vegetables directly to you every week. We are located at Westmill Farm on the border of Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. Pete Richardson has been growing organic veg for over 16 years and has won numerous awards and recognitions for quality, taste and service. Pete’s passion for organic horticulture is well known in Oxfordshire and beyond. He is a member of TOG (Thames Organic Growers) and has been involved with the Soil Association for many years.
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