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Yellow Peril: The garish return of Oilseed Rape

Posted in Comment,Economics,Logistics by foodservicefootprint on April 27, 2009

rapeseed

There’s a nasty, slightly sickly, smell in the air. Every time I leave the house I have to put on sunglasses and the old lungs are complaining. Yes, it’s that time of year again. Oilseed Rape is in flower and from where I’m standing it’s simply everywhere, with biofuel manufacture its destination.

 

Although Rapeseed oil appears to be the crop of choice as far as biofuel production is concerned, I understand its growth relies on large quantities of noxious chemicals, its production costs are more than standard diesel, it produces up to 70% more greenhouses gases than fossil fuels and has 296 times the global warming potential of CO2. And that yellow is horrible!

Another of those wonderful contradictions

 

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