The necessity to eat healthier and the advantages of switching to organic farming to save the planet are never far away from the newspaper headlines these days. Lord Newborough, owner of one of the biggest organic farms in Wales, is urging everyone to choose a healthier, organic, lifestyle and the best time to start is with THE most important meal on the calendar – Christmas dinner.

Lord Newborough has been a passionate supporter of organic farming since the 1990s and when he took over the family farm in north Wales in 1998 he chose to convert the land to being farmed organically. Since then he has travelled the world to promote the benefits of eating his organic, high quality, meat.

Lord Newborough said, “I could see the virtues of following an organic lifestyle when it wasn’t very trendy at all. Organic food was extremely difficult to get hold of back in the 90s and when I chose to convert the farm to organic in 1998 I had quite a few raised eyebrows and doubters to deal with.

“A study by French think tank IDDRI has shown that agroecological farming, such as organic, can make a major contribution towards keeping global warming below 2°C. Organic farming can sequester carbon in soils and trees and proves we can survive without the chemicals that destroy wildlife and our health, whilst giving our animals a good life without using endless antibiotics, and - crucially - that we can feed people well.

Lord Newborough continued, “Following a five-year study of almost 70,000 volunteers, Researchers at Paris University have reported that people who eat organic food are 25 percent less likely to get cancer. The quarter of people studied who ate the most organic food were 25 percent less likely to get cancer than the quarter who ate the least, even after adjusting for age, class and other health conditions, according to the results in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

“Christmas is a good time to make that change to an organic lifestyle. The most important meal of the year is Christmas dinner. Rhug Estate organic turkeys and geese enjoy seven months living free range on the farm. They are free to venture out every day onto clover-rich organic pasture, feed on the finest organic oats, grown on the farm and enjoy a stress-free life listening to classical music. Like all animals on an organic farm, eliminating stress is an all-important factor. Stress free animals produce the highest quality meat. These turkeys are reared to give the very best for you and your family to enjoy at the most important meal of the year.”

Did you Know?

• Organic turkeys and geese are quicker to cook than conventional supermarket turkeys because of their self-basting properties under the skin

• Free Range Turkeys and Geese get a slow growth, consequently, the meat is more flavoursome, moist and has a superior texture to that of your average supermarket Turkey

• Organic meat has higher quantities of vital vitamins and minerals including Omega 3.

To order your Rhug Organic Free Range Turkey or Goose visit the website: www.rhug.co.uk or visit Rhug Estate Farm Shop.

We have a whole host of festive events including a ‘Meet the Producer’ late night Christmas shopping event on Thursday, 21 November; Breakfast and story time with Santa on 14 and 15 December; Christmas party nights on 7 and 14 December and a Christmas menu in the Bistro throughout December. More details are available on the events section of the website.