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Major crops currently grown for biofuel production are soybean, corn, and canola. But cultivation of these crops for biofuel is often associated with direct and indirect land-use changes where natural habitats such as rain forests or grasslands (with large amounts of stored carbon) are converted to agricultural land. This conversion leads to the release of massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming. At Smart Earth Seeds we guarantee that no natural grassland habitats are converted for the production of Camelina.
Camelina’s heat tolerance, low water requirements and ability to mature in a short growing season make it a good fit to fill fallow periods in dryland wheat farming or, in regions like the northern USA Great Plains states, as a double crop with short-season soybeans or sunflowers. As a result, little to no arable land is taken out of food production.