Belvoir Castle, overlooking the yellow fields of Leicestershire, England.

Rapeseed crops have been around since the 13th century in Europe. At the time its main use was as a lamp oil, but before this the oils had been used in soaps.

Around 400,000 hectares of oilseed rape is grown annually in the UK, roughly one eighth of the area of wheat and barley.

But its another use that’s set to make rape, Britain’s number one cash-making crop. These yellow fields are set to be turned into environmentally fuel for our gas-guzzling cars.

Biofuels are becoming increasingly popular because environmentalists claim they produce little, if any harmful emissions; with everyone from your typical car driver to larger motorsport teams switching to this eco-fuel.

Much of Britain’s annual crop is already exported for processing into biodiesel in Germany.

Article BBC UK.

Photo by Wilson Axpe.

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