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Oilseed rape fields. Satellite image of south- eastern England showing the distribution of oilseed rape (Brassica napus) fields (yellow). Cities and urban areas are grey, vegetation is green and water is blue. London, the capital of the UK, is at lower left, at lower right is the Thames estuary. The planting of oilseed rape as a crop exploded in the 1970s after breeders removed an acid toxic to humans and crop prices were increased. The oil extracted from the seeds is used in cooking, oil lamps and soaps, while the left over protein is used as animal fodder. Oilseed rape is used in rotation with other crops to improve the soil of cereal fields. Image taken in the spring of 1992.
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