Hi, I'm a producer of pure cold pressed rapeseed oil. This means no heat or chemicals are used to extract the oil from the seed which is commonly done to make more profit but greatly reduces its nutritional value. Yellow Belly oil is high in the omega essential oils and has 10x the omega 3 of olive oil and has half the saturated fat which helps to lower LDL cholesterol. It is also a great source of vitamin E, a powerful anti oxidant that disables the production of damaging free radicals, and one tablespoon equals a fifth of our daily needs. It has also been proven that these anti oxidants do not break down when cooked at high temperatures. The seed is grown and pressed right on the border of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire and therefore has a great deal less food miles than olive oil.
The oil is grown on my grandfather’s Higher Level Countryside Stewardship farm which has environmental policies promoting the planting of wild flower seeds for birds and bees and leaving much larger hedgerows for wildlife to flourish. The farm works on a 4 crop rotation and leaves 70 acres as uncultivated grassland for horse grazing. Last year the entire seed was a write off due to high levels of naturally occurring erucic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. So far this year 80% of the rapeseed planted has already failed mainly due to the extreme wet, although much of this has been re sown with spring oats. With the uncertainty of what our agricultural policy's are going to look like after Brexit there is much unrest on the farm. The farm respects wild native woodlands receiving no income other than from a gamekeeper and a few other farms bringing there sheep here to graze. It is GM free and I am working with my family to further their sustainable practices and this year we inter-cropped the rape with clover to increase nitrogen in the soil. I look after bees on the farm, with a minimal intervention approach only taking off honey when there is a true excess and I am passionate for the role they do in pollinating much of our food crops.