Friday, February 5, 2010

New Use For Safflower

The bird feeding industry has seen big price increases in sunflowers with the growing demand for sunflower oil competing with sunflowers for birds seed. Could a similar issue be ahead for the blackbird resistant safflower too?

According to a story from Canada TV, safflower may be used as a source of insulin. Some Canadian scientists are looking to the plant to make a cheaper form of the drug used to help those with diabetes.

You can read the full story here. If this is successful it will be great for the millions who suffer diabetes but it will be interesting to see how it affects this seed's price.