Gregor has served the Scottish financial system effectively, having constructed the UK’s largest cold-pressed rapeseed oil enterprise from scratch. It’s an operation proving to be ever extra related to meals provide chains since different plant oils are in excessive quick provide due to the conflict within the Ukraine.
Our new enterprise in oat “milk” is responding to the upward consumption pattern of plant-based drinks and the truth that there’s not a major Scottish oat drink enterprise. And, there are customers within the different residence nations and abroad international locations who would respect a Scottish drink with a strict provenance to parallel Scotch whisky.
Allen Walker Learn in his guide Agricultural Historical past in 1934 reminds us of the observations of a well-known English scholar: “Probably the most notable affiliation of a rustic with a sure meals is that of Scotland with oats. The thought discovered its traditional expression in 1755 when Samuel Johnson, in his Dictionary of the English Language, set forth his definition of the phrase oats: “A grain, which in England is usually given to horses, however in Scotland helps the individuals.”” Recover from being patronised by a Sachanach! Oats are as Scottish as whisky and oatcakes, porridge oats, brose…even higher Atholl Brose. Eat up!
Earlier than my pursuits in agricultural heritage by means of our restoration of AJ Balfour’s Papple Steading, I used to foyer for British corporates to assist tech start-ups by adopting digital innovations. That will assist fledgling firms construct a worthwhile residence base and propel them towards worldwide gross sales. That’s taking place in locations like Israel and the USA. Boy, it’s tough to get the UK’s huge companies and public our bodies to purchase new stuff from small companies. Now with the horrible strife in japanese Europe and the consequential upset to meals provide and prices affecting us right here in Scotland, we must always think about supporting British foods and drinks produce.
Lately I noticed 140,000 hectares being cleared within the north east of Brazil in just one municipal space which is positioned to the east of the Amazon Basin. Native shrubland is being mechanically torn down and burnt earlier than fashionable farming methods are used to develop crops – with two harvests in every calendar yr. Soya is the principle crop. Soya milk anybody?
We do have our bodies that may assist us compete with different agrarian economies. I’ve talked about Alternative North East and we’ve the SRUC (Scotland’s Rural Faculty) and Queen Margaret College. So, let’s not soar to manage or finger-wag. That Brazilian farmer is a pleasant man with a household to assist. Let’s make selections which might be good for our well being, good for the Scottish financial system in creating extra jobs and prosperity and good for our planet. Develop issues that swimsuit our land – rape seed oil, barley, oats, potatoes, carrots, and eat and drink the issues we’ve in abundance. Cheers!
George Waterproof coat is the Director of Papple Steading in East Lothian and the Chairman and co-founder of Waterproof coat Oats