How Are the Restrictions on Neonics Affecting Europe’s Farmers? – Bayer – Crop Science

One hectare of oilseed rape gives us 1,600 kg of edible oil (approx. 3,300 bottles), 2,500 kg of rapeseed meal (enough to feed three milk cows for a year), and 40 kg of rape honey (approx. 80 jars). So those fields aren’t just pretty, they’re also extremely useful. But if I told you that a recent research paper by HFFA, a 100% subsidiary of the Humboldt Forum for Food and Agriculture, calculated that Europe’s oilseed rape production has fallen by 912,000 metric tons or that the oilseed rape acreage in the UK, for example, declined by 14% from 2014 to 2016, you might well be wondering what’s going on. Don’t farmers know how much we all like seeing those glorious fields glowing in the spring sunshine?

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