OSRstudy claims crop not health risk
OILSEED rape has been given a clean bill of health by researchers at Leicester University.
They were commissioned by the HGCA and MAFF to investigate suggestions that the crop causes health problems.
Little scientific evidence was found to support those claims. Only people already sensitive to other pollens may experience added problems from rape crops, it says.
The study considered the release of rape pollen and volatile compounds, pesticide use and fungi associated with the crop.
Rather than those factors, it points the finger at pollen from other plants as the most likely cause of ill health. *