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Schleswig-Holstein is situated on the northernmost tip of Germany between the North Sea and the Baltic. The photo shows the gently rolling hills along the Baltic; you can see that this landscape is not very spectacular. The strongest economic sectors here are agriculture and tourism.
In May the bright yellow canola flowers dominate the landscape in Schleswig-Holstein. Canola is the most important oil seed cultivated in Europe and ranks third on the list of oilseed crops worldwide. It contains 45 percent oil. Due to its composition, its fatty acid profile and its neutral flavor, canola oil is among the most valuable culinary oils. Canola is still used in the more traditional sense for the production of canola oil but has also proven a perfect raw material for biodiesel. Currently the European Union accounts for about 60% of global biodiesel production. A large number of other countries’ governments have begun promoting bio fuel production and use. The high level of public support has placed bio fuels policy at the centre of a debate about the expected environmental, energy and economic benefits. With increased concerns about climate change, the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and fossil energy savings might be counted among the prime reasons to support bio fuel production and use.
In his opening speech of the Global Economic Symposium held in September 2008 at Plön, the Minister President of Schleswig-Holstein, Mr. Peter Harry Carstensen, however stated: “ A tank filling of bio fuel contains as much energy as a human being needs in terms of calories to live for a year. Knowing that, all I can say is: bread should be on our plates and not in our car tanks!”

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