Theoretical Risk Assessment
On the basis of information highlighted within this website and with the knowledge that a number of pollutants/irritants (and secondary pollutants/irritants) derived from from oilseed rape crops are classified by HSE (Health & Safety Executive) as hazardous to health, the author believes that oilseed rape crops should be classified as a hazardous agent. The HSE have already confirmed that oilseed rape crops are an occupational hazard and that the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) Regulations are applicable during the growing, harvesting and processing phases.
However, as stated previously, until the UK Government confirms that oilseed rape crops are hazardous to public health, the HSE will not implement a precautionary approach in respect of public health and therefore the HSE continue to ignore the risks to the public, albeit that these risks are generated from an occupational source.
It is ironic that when a farmer consults the HSE for guidance on the hazards associated with cultivating oilseed rape crops, he is advised that oilseed rape crops are an occupational hazard, which may affect the health of his employees but surprisingly not the health of people who live in houses literally a few metres from the edge of rape fields.
Research scientists (in particular Seaton) appear to have misguided the UK Government into believing that oilseed rape crops are no different from any other crops. The re-introduction in the 1980s of oilseed rape in such vast proportions makes oilseed rape crops an extremely potent hazard, and just because it has the natural propensity to generate pollutants and secondary pollutants and release these into the environment (like some other crops), does not remove the need to deal with an alleged hazardous agent.
Oilseed rape crops do not naturally grow on in excess of 400,000 hectares of land and nature certainly did not genetically engineer a so-called weed (rapeseed) into an extremely high yielding oilseed crop. I believe that Darwinists would also support my argument by advocating that the symptoms (oilseed rape allergy syndrome) experienced by so many living in close proximity to rape fields are probably due to lack of adaptation to the pungent and ubiquitous airborne pollutants and subsequent secondary pollutants generated by oilseed rape crops planted as a monoculture.
Author - Armitage; copyright 2007