Coeliac Awareness Week

So, why, as Butchers should we be conscious of Coeliac awareness week?

Gluten is found in grains such as barley and wheat and for 1% of the British population has been deemed the cause of the Coeliac disease, an autoimmune disorder that breaks down the lining of the small intestine, however you do not have to be coeliac to adopt a gluten free diet. Gluten sensitivity is growing amongst adults and 6-8% of the British population are reported to be opting for gluten free products. 

Primarily, we understand that dietary needs are hugely important and can dramatically change your lifestyle for the better! ‘Yes, meat is naturally gluten-free. Plain, fresh cuts of meat, including beef, poultry (chicken, turkey, etc), rabbit, lamb and fish/seafood meat, are all gluten-free.’ We guarantee all of our products are Gluten Free, but we emphasise it on products that may typically contain Gluten elsewhere. 

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The Move To Organic Food

T R A C E A B I L I T Y  =  B R I T I S H   H E R I T A G E

The Coronavirus pandemic has seen us all make significant changes to our everyday lives, whether that be working from home, taking part in online workouts or baking banana bread at least once a month. We are all looking closer to home to source everything we need, taking care to know how to remain healthy and how to do it within the remit of your own home. Now with Brexit and understanding our heavy reliance on food imports, we have pushed through a difficult period for everyone, and are working hard to deliver home farmed fresh, organic produce to your door. 

Adapting to the ever-evolving rules and guidelines keeps us on our toes, however one thing we can rely on remaining constant is the way we farm and care for our livestock. The Robinson family have been farming here for nearly 500 years, so attending so the day to day activity is not easily interrupted. The animals still need feeding and cleaning throughout a pandemic.

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Celebrating A Special Occasion At Home

After almost a year of varying Coronavirus restrictions taking effect in the UK, by now we have all celebrated some sort of occasion in line with Government guidelines. Whether that be a birthday, anniversary, graduation or even wedding, the world has been witness to some creative responses to ensure the day is well marked! Some of us here at Gazegill Organics have been testament to an unforgettable lockdown celebration and we’ve come up with some ideas to treat your loved one while we’re still indoors!  

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Celebrating 7 Years Antibiotic-Free!

Over half the antibiotics used in the UK, are used in agriculture to treat animals whose products enter the food chain.

7 years ago, we decided to stop using antibiotics all together, instead allowing our herd to naturally build up their immunity and self-medicate on our herb rich pastures (see below for examples and their medicinal benefits). The cows immunity has built up over time, and passed on to the next generation and the next generation whose immune systems have naturally grown even stronger.

  We strongly believe that our cows are happier and healthier and we can 100% guarantee that when you drink our organic raw milk, that you are not consuming antibiotics.

Below is some information about various types of flowers and plants that are found in our meadows 🌱  

Butterbur

Butterbur is a herb which is used to treat the severity of migraines as well as the length of time they last. Hay fever that is caused by grass pollen can also be treated by use of Butterbur.

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We need to Get off The Chemical Treadmill

In an ideal world the next generation of farmers will evolve without the pressure from industry to put toxic chemicals on their fields. Then the next generation of children will never need to consume them.

At Gazegill we farm as our grandparents did without the need for chemicals and pesticides. We follow nature proving that we can farm profitably without the need for chemicals.

However, elsewhere the number of chemicals applied to major UK crops is increasing dramatically (although industry claims the opposite). Scientists believe there is no safe lower dose for human exposure, and research shows pesticides are playing a major part in the farmland wildlife crash.

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How is Herbicide Glyphosate (the active ingredient in weedkiller) getting into bread?

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in many weedkillers, including Monsanto’s Roundup (used in farming, public places and in households – it is the most widely used weedkiller in the world).

Government data shows Monsanto’s Roundup’s use in UK farming has increased by 400% in the last 20 years (between 2014 – 2016 it increased by 26%). At Gazegill, we don’t use no GMO’s, no antibiotic residues, no pesticides or herbicides.

Many farmers routinely use Roundup and other herbicides to clear their fields of weeds before crops emerge in the spring. But what’s more alarming is they’re also using glyphosate on crops shortly before they are harvested, in order to dry out the plants and make them easier to harvest.

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Stop Genetic Modification

The GM industry promised that GM crops would lead to decreased pesticide use (but the truth has proven the opposite), higher yields and improved nutritional value. But not one commercially viable example has been produced for the UK market.

Worldwide, nearly all the commercially released GM crops are produced by three chemical companies. The use of herbicide glyphosate has skyrocketed since the introduction of glyphosate-resistant GM crops. And these crops create herbicide-resistant ‘superweeds’, trapping some farmers in an increasingly expensive chemical race where the only winners are the chemical companies themselves.

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New Year – New Animals

New Heifers with New Calves

We had 10 young heifers who had calves for the first time this month settling into motherhood well and getting used to the milking parlour.  Whilst a conventional dairy calf would stay with their mother for an average of 3 days, here at Gazegill we like to do things the natural way.

Our calves stay with their mothers night and day until they have had enough colostrum. The mothers (and their calves) come into the milking parlour when they are ready, as they produce too much colostrum and milk for the calf alone, so we start to take the excess off.

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The Cocktail Effect: The UK is failing to protect human health and the environment from pesticide cocktails

There is a growing body of evidence showing pesticides can become more harmful when combined, even when each individual chemical appears at levels with “no-observed-effect-concentration”. This phenomenon is known as the ‘cocktail effect’.

The Soil Association and PAN UK are exposing how mixtures of pesticides commonly found in UK food, water and soil may be harming the health of humans and wildlife.

The Soil Association’s  October 2019 reportThe Cocktail Effectshows around a quarter of all food, and over a third of fruit and vegetables, consumed in the UK contain pesticide cocktails, with some items containing traces of up to 14 different pesticides.

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The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has published a new report on 23 Jan 2020 – “Land Use: Policies for a Net Zero UK”.

Farming and land use are under the spotlight like never before.

The 23 Jan 2020 CCC report will be a major influence on what farmers will be rewarded for doing to adapt to climate change. The Soil Association are calling for nature to be given equal emphasis in shaping the future of post-Brexit farm support, as farming and land use is also the primary driver of global insect decline and the biodiversity crash.

What does the CCC report say?

Our diets need to change and we need to eat ‘less and better’ meat and ‘more and better’ plants, a tree planting (agroforestry) revolution, and good agronomy practices rather than intensification of farming. The Committee also makes clear that delivering emissions reduction should not be at the expense of increasing food imports that risk ‘carbon leakage’.

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