This model crop is more than just a pretty place! Back in the nineteenth century, rapeseed oil was used as a lubricant for steam engines. Today it is used to produce biodiesel, vegetable oil and as food for livestock. But before you rush out with your parasol to the nearest rapeseed field, beware of being stung! Bees are known to be especially fond of the yellow blossoms.
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