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Hemp: next big cooking oil crop?

A new breed of hemp crop has been developed that has a similar oil yield to olive oil, has a longer shelf life and is more heat resistant.

Researchers say the high-oleic acid variety of hemp could be a major step towards developing hemp as a commercially attractive break crop for cereal farmers.

The changes to the crop makes the oil more valuable as a cooking oil and also increases its usefulness for high temperature industrial processes.

With oilseed rape crops declining in yield and being increasingly affected by pests and diseases, researchers believe hemp could help ensure the sustainability of the UK’s cereal industry.

University of York

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