Why oilseed rape matters to us
Strong reasons drive us to support farmers as they care for their oilseeds. The oil these plants provide is among the healthiest of all vegetable oils. With its omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acid content of almost 30 per cent, it can lower blood fat levels, help prevent blood clots and lower the risk of heart disease. Another reason why this dazzling yellow plant is so valued by farmers, and so high on our agenda, especially in Europe: it’s used to make bio-diesel. Over one quarter of global oilseed rape production finds its way into our cars' tanks – a renewable and carbon-free fuel. After crushing, the meal provides a valuable, protein-rich animal feed. Bees love the abundant nectar the flowers provide too. They can make more than 200 kg of honey from an area the size of a soccer field. All in all, this is a star crop of the future – and it’s no surprise farmers want to grow more and more of it.