Waitrose Saves Bees

British supermarket chain Waitrose has announced that it has told suppliers to stop using three neonicotinoid pesticides, imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam, by the end of 2014. Predictably, this has drawn criticism from the National Farmers' Union and agrochemical companies but a warm welcome from the Soil Association. Waitrose is also funding a three-year research project on the subject at Exeter University. See Farmers WeeklyFarmers GuardianWaitrose press release.

I applaud Waitrose for this but the end of 2014 is a long way off. In the meantime, I'll only buy organic rapeseed oil (since rapeseed is a crop commonly grown with the help of neonicotinoids) or from other sources which have removed them (Waitrose's Leckford Estate should be free of them soon). On the subject of rapeseed oil, it generally contains about half as much saturated fat as olive oil – about 6 or 7%. I recently noticed that Waitrose was selling cold-pressed rapeseed oil from its own Farm at Leckford and casually glanced at the label. It claims to have about 12g per 100g. Is this a mistake or is Waitrose rapeseed oil exceptionally high in saturates?

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