Hillfarm Rapeseed oil
Hillfarm, in Suffolk, is one of the biggest rapeseed oil producers pledging not to use neonicotinoids they bottle more than 500,000 litres every year. Their cold pressed rapeseed oil is available nationally in Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsburys and Costco, as well as in many farm shops and independent delicatessens across the country.
Sam Fairs, who runs the business with his father Alan says: “We need bees and other insects to pollinate our crops: they perform a very important function close to the start of the human food chain.
“We feel that the right thing to do is to not use neonicotinoids seed treatments on our oilseed rape until there is clear evidence to prove that it is a safe treatment to use or not.”
Sam’s top tips for crops that keep bees buzzing for joy are:
- sow earlier, so the plants establish quickly and are less vulnerable to insect pests;
- prepare the soil - a fine seed bed means there's no big clods of earth for pests to hide under!
Available online, nationally in Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsburys and Costco, and in independent retailers.