How do I order my organic meat?
- Call us 01738 730201
- order online www.hughgrierson.co.uk
- VISIT the Butchery at the farm, Mon Tue Wed and Fri 8am-4pm
- Edinburgh Farmers Market 9-2pm every Saturday
- Perth Farmers Market 9-2pm tomorrow SATURDAY 5th March
- We are now taking orders for Easter - open Friday 25th March
Organic is different
It’s a very exciting time to be an organic farmer, there’s lots of good news out there.
We have the most robust study for years showing us that the way we farm has a significant impact on the nutrient quality of our food, we have the Soil Association’s organic market report showing sales of organic food are up 4.9% in Scotland 2015, and we have a very interesting statistic showing that 50% of Scots would buy organic if more were available.
The research published in February in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that organic milk and meat has a 50% greater content of omega 3 fatty acids. This is largely due to the fact that organic animals have to have grass, in particular clover, as a significant portion of their diet. Clover - that fantastic plant which turns nitrogen in the air into nitrates in the soil is the cornerstone of all our organic farming practice. It doesn’t matter what else you want to grow – you have to start with clover. If you want to read it in greater detail I have attached the link here.
You could say that it’s more expensive, but 50% of Scots say they would buy more organic food if it were available. That suggests that price isn’t the overriding issue. It’s availability. Supermarkets don’t stock it. We would like to grow more organic stuff on a bigger scale but we won’t get our fingers burnt again. Organics were pushed very hard in the noughties by supermarkets and then the crisis of 2008 came, supermarkets took organic produce off the shelves, and organic farmers who had made significant investments were left exposed financially. Although we may not want to go back into that trade, there are plenty of farmers in Scotland who are looking for opportunities and this would seem to be one. Farmers are very adaptable, we will grow whatever we get paid for. Most of us are small scale independent businesses able to change quickly and we can, and will, respond if we have confidence in longevity and price fairness.
So that’s 2.5 million people in Scotland who want organic food, that’s immensely powerful. It means more people eating food with better nutrient levels, increased biodiversity across land managed organically, more animals kept in higher welfare conditions, more land in grass rotations which nurture our soils, lower use of pesticides, increased numbers of people working on farms and engaged with the land, the list goes on.
In short, organic not only is different, it can make a difference.