GREAT BRITISH BEEF WEEK APRIL 23rd-30th and AIDING THE RECOVERY OF OUR BEE POPULATION…

World Bee Day was celebrated on 20th April and they say that in order to be able to feed the world’s growing population, we need ever more food, which must be diverse, balanced and of good quality to ensure the progress and well-being of humankind.

Bees are renowned for their role in providing high-quality food (honey, royal jelly and pollen) and other products used in healthcare and other sectors (beeswax, propolis, honey bee venom). But the work of bees entails much more!

The greatest contribution of bees and other pollinators is the pollination of nearly three quarters of the plants that produce 90% of the world’s food. A third of the world’s food production depends on bees, i.e. every third spoonful of food depends on pollination.

Great British Beef Week – 23rd – 30th April –  the 11th Great British Beef Week (GBBW).  This year GBBW is focusing on recognising and highlighting British beef farmers and the work they do to support sustainable production practices on their farms. It’s due to the strides that these farmers make in this area that British beef continues to be amongst the most sustainable in the world.  #GBBW2022

During GBBW Ladies in Beef will be highlighting innovative and sustainable farming methods from producers across Britain. 

  • Keep an eye out for #GBBW22 in your social feeds and follow our social channels – they would love to hear from you with your questions and comments (and beef recipes!). Beef farmers (including many Ladies in Beef) and food and farming organisations will be joining in the conversations and sharing their take on sustainability, sustainable beef and what it means to them 
  • In regional newspapers your local beef farmers will be telling their own stories  
  • Look out for the on-pack GBBW stickers promoting ‘enjoy British beef’ in supermarkets and promotions in butchers and farm shops 

And finally, they hope you’ll join them by enjoying tucking into your favourite delicious British beef dishes. If you’re after new beef recipe ideas and cooking tips head over to www.SimplyBeefandLamb.co.uk.   

Ladies in Beef have chosen the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) as their charity for GBBW again for 2022.  Since being involved in this annual campaign, RABI (Charity Registration No: 208858) has organised more than 50 beef week events and raised £90,000 for farming people in need of financial support.

Jilly Greed, who co-founded Ladies in Beef with NFU president Minette Batters, and who created Great British Beef Week said: “The food industry is constantly evolving, and we wanted to demonstrate how the beef sector is progressive and to demonstrate its environmental sustainability credentials.  By doing this, our aim is to reassure consumers that by continuing to buy and enjoy beef, they are acting responsibly and sustainably.”  

Managing wildflower meadows… for bumblebees.

Wildflower-rich grasslands are the most important habitat for bumblebees as they provide plants throughout the summer and contain many nectar- and pollen-rich plant species. Wildflower meadows can contain up to 40 plant species per square metre. Flowers like red clover, yellow rattle, bird’s-foot-trefoil and red bartsia are great pollen sources for queen and worker bumblebees, whilst knapweed and scabious are important nectar sources.

Wildflower-rich grasslands are particularly important for our rarest bumblebees, which have long tongues so love the deep flowers of many grassland plants. Unfortunately, whilst these meadows used to be common, the majority have been lost in recent decades with changes in agricultural practices. Returning to less intensive, more traditional meadow management is much better for bumblebees as it supports a far greater variety and density of flowers. Hay meadows
also provide a nutritious and valuable feed crop. There are benefits for farmers
and land managers too, not least potential financial savings. By providing additional resources for bumblebees you may increase crop yields whilst reducing spend
on agri-chemicals. This will have numerous benefits for your land and will help to preserve biodiversity for future generations.  #GBBW2022

Rowse is sending away 86,000 free packs of its honey bee seeds so hurry and grab yours now. In order to get one for yourself just follow this link then fill in your details and they will deliver it to you at your doorsteps. Feed The Bees is part of Rowse Hives for Lives mission to do all they can to protect our wonderous honey bees.

Source: Bumblebee Conservation GBBW Ladies in Beef Rowse World Bee Day

USE HEALING HERBS IN YOUR COOKING…

With so many amazing herbs to add to your cooking to create tasty flavours why not add some that are healing herbs.

There are some herbs we use in the kitchen which have medicinal benefits as well, Woman & Home wrote.

Rosemary – (one of my absolute favourites), is uplifting and aids memory, concentration and even mathematical ability ( I definitely need that). Studies have also shown that it is high in antioxidants.

Sage is great for hot flushes and delicious with onion as a stuffing. It has antibacterial, anti-sweating and muscle-relaxant properties. Sage is also linked to wisdom.

Marjoram can be used to aid digestion, and for coughs and colds and headaches. The oil can help treat gut infections and imbalances.

Parsley is great for bladder health as parsley has seeds containing oil that is diuretic.

Thyme is great for coughs and colds and is packed with Vitamin C and A. It can treat colds, coughs, catarrh, sore throats, asthma, indigestion, diarrhoea and stomach irritation.

Dill is high in calcium, and vitamins A and C, and can relieve stomach cramps or flatulence. It contains a relaxing essential oil that can be used as a safe muscle relaxant.

Turmeric says Healthline is believed to have anticancer properties and can prevent DNA mutations. As an anti-inflammatory, it can be taken as a supplement and it’s been used topically for people with arthritis who wish to relieve discomfort. It’s used worldwide as a cooking ingredient, which makes it a delicious, antioxidant-richTrusted Source addition to many dishes.

According to recent research, turmeric is also showing promise as a treatment for a variety of dermatologic diseases and joint arthritisTrusted Source.

Garlic according to Healthline has throughout ancient history, been used for its medicinal properties. Garlic supplementation is well known for combatting sickness, including the common cold. Covering all the incredible health benefits of garlic is beyond the scope of this article, but you can read about them here.

Things to always remember when taking herbs in supplement form –

  • When used as a supplement, people tend to take too much, so it can be difficult to trust the dosage and quality. Safety increases when ingested as an herb in cooking or tea.
  • Long-term use can potentially cause stomach problems.
  • Always check with your GP first if you are taking medication.