Presentation on theme: "Summing Up & Future Needs for Action Melvyn F. Askew Head of Agricultural and Rural Strategy Central Science Laboratory Sand Hutton, York UK, YO41 1LZ."— Presentation transcript:
Summing Up & Future Needs for Action Melvyn F. Askew Head of Agricultural and Rural Strategy Central Science Laboratory Sand Hutton, York UK, YO41 1LZ “11 th International Rapeseed Congress – Copenhagen”
Oilseed Rape - a healthy food/feed - a feedstock; a chemical factory
Oilseed Rape We must refocus on market needs and opportunities; prioritisation is needed. What is the true VALUE of oilseed rape, not MARKET PRICE?
The Marketplace Does the customer recognise the health benefits of oilseed rape? - Vegetable oil (probably sustainable) - Mono-unsats; PUFA’s - Benefits to cardiac system - Anti cancer potential
The Marketplace is Dangerous! There is customer/marketplace concern beginning to arise over hydrogenation; trans f.a’s Some customers do not want G.M. Some customers want organic. Chemical engineering is a negative sales point. We must differentiate our oil product more carefully for the human food market.
Oilseed rape oil is not just another vegetable oil! Oilseed rape oil is a desirable component of a healthy dietary regime.
Glucosinolates Q. Is the current gls position acceptable with “00” rapeseeds? A.Possibly not. We need clear decisions and actions to define the outstanding issues and produce sustainable resolutions.
… and what of non-food uses?
Rapeseed oil has vast technical potential in industry! IENICA flowchart Is biodiesel the most cost effective use or most sustainable use?
Oilseed rape meal Q. – do we understand its potential? A.– yes, but not very widely. We need to focus on rapeseed meal as a feedstock and not just an animal feed.
So moving to new topic areas……… Sustainability Coexistence New rapeseed genotypes
Sustainability This involves 3 component parts which interact. economic viability environmental impact & acceptability cultural/social impact & acceptability
Copenhagen & Sustainability - we have discussed agronomy & crop protection economics food /feed value genetics & breeding In the future we need to interlink these issues more frequently and by doing that identify and tackle the problem areas in sustainability.
CO-EXISTENCE This is NOT a conventional versus GM rapeseed issue alone. We need to think more widely
CO-EXISTENCE Conventional oilseed rape (“00”) Organic oilseed rape Speciality rapeseeds - high erucic - high oleic - GM (various) It is essential that we take the lead and develop practical systems to allow these different systems to coexist. They must be based upon sound science and practice.
New Rapeseed Genotypes In the future there will be many; they will coexist but must be sustainable. Production systems and pest/disease/ environmental challenges vary; there are many other impacting factors.
What do we need to consider for the future in genetics market demand international politics (e.g. WTO; CAP) dynamics of pests/diseases the general public climate/climate change
What might this mean? Designer rapeseed genotypes with enhanced pest/disease tolerance or resistance and adaptation to environment, especially stress and drought tolerance. Reduced pesticide or water or fertiliser demand? They must be acceptable to consumers.
In Conclusion Rapeseed has a bright future IF we exploit it’s potential more thoughtfully and recognise its true value NOT market price. develop more market orientation in our science. work for sustainable systems which can coexist with other agricultural or land-based industries. ….. and work together. Perhaps GCIRC should take a more definitive leading role Rather than being primarily a facilitator?