10 Reasons to use Bee Friendly Rape Seed Oil and where to get the best stuff

10 Reasons to use Bee Friendly Rape Seed Oil and where to get the best stuff

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Love bees, nature and healthy living? My partner and I have started to move away from Olive Oils using the local British rapeseed oil for a variety of reasons. Here are 9 good reasons to use Rapeseed Oil over any other oil and where to get the best Rapeseed Oil in Britain helping our bees at the same time!

To be clear we are talking Cold-pressed rapeseed oil, sometimes labelled premium, virgin or extra-virgin which has many health benefits over other traditionally used oils.

1. The oil is celebrated for its health benefits as it has less unhealthy saturated fat than ALL other cooking oils and fats.

2. It is also high in mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fats omega 3, 6 and 9.
That’s good for brains and may help you fight against cardiovascular disease.

3. It’s a rich source of vitamin E.

4. Cooking benefits – rapeseed oil can be used at high temperatures so no burning & smoking!

5. It’s great used cold as well, for salad dressings, sauces and marinades.

6. Great flavour that lets the others shine through! Rapeseed Oil has a very light and delicate flavour so you get the best from the flavours of other ingredients in your dishes

7. Baking – rapeseed oil is a great substitute for butter (we haven’t tried this yet but heard its can!

8. Great to cook with, on salads etc.

9. Its made in Britain so it’s supporting local sustainable businesses

10. Ok maxed out and can’t find another reason but here are some fantastic farmers who are supporting bee-friendly practices by not using neonicotinoid seed treatments on their land. Please try to support them as they try to keep a natural balance in farm ecosystems: visit http://www.rapeseedoilguide.com/

Simple solutions to environmental problems-Creating Bee Highways & Nature Corridors

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Ecotribo are passionate about finding simple solutions to environmental problems. We believe that governments won’t save our planet but people like you and me implementing simple, well-designed, eco-friendly ideas into their lives. This is what we do, we conceive and implement ideas that make a positive difference to our environment. We are developing an exciting new product in the health and beauty sector that aims to massively reduce plastics in our environment. It could be huge and we want to get it right, so please be patient. In the meantime, we’ve been getting involved in another smaller, but beautifully simple and effective eco initiative – making bee highways and natural habitats in our neighbourhood.

Since the late 1990’s, beekeepers around the world have noticed the Bees decline. This has been caused by bee-killing pesticides used in industrial agriculture, parasites/pathogens, climate change and continuing urbanisation. To protect our bees and agriculture we all know we need to move away from destructive industrial agriculture towards ecological farming. You can help by talking to your MP and get your local council to stop using bee-harming pesticides in local parks, promote eco-farming and help create natural habitats for them in urban areas. That’s where we got involved!

The problem needs a multifaceted approach for sure. At Ecotribo we believe in finding solutions that everyone can do. Simple ideas that can have big  solutions, so we got off our asses and decided to get involved…

Working with the local community and organisations such as TRESA here in Totterdown we have started building a Bee highway which we hope will continue to grow across the city of Bristol and the United Kingdom. Solutions don’t need to be complicated so anyone can get involved! By building these pallet planters and placing them across the city we are increasing the bees natural habitat and ensuring their survival.

We simply upcycled wooden pallets we found around the local hood and which were also kindly donated by our local woodyard people at Selco. You can find various instructables to help give you all the details and instructions to make your own planters and help us grow the bee highway not only here in Bristol but around the world. So if you love nature, bees and a bit of green, get involved and make your own! We would love to see your planters so please send us a link in the comments section or tweet us at http://twitter.com/ecotribolife

Go bees!