Posted by: Dan | 2008/06/12

Data on Canola Oil article

Your article:,12342.asp interesting, but while the EPA does list Canola Oil as a biopesticide, it then lists the active ingredient that would modify the toxicity of Canola Oil as pyrethrins. Article:

Pyrethrins are:
"A substance resembling, and isomeric with, ordinary camphor, and extracted from the essential oil of feverfew; -- called also Pyrethrum camphor."

And what is 'feverfew'?
"A perennial plant (Pyrethrum Parthenium, or Chrysanthemum Parthenium) allied to camomile, having finely divided leaves and white blossoms; -- so named from its supposed febrifugal qualities."

"Having the quality of mitigating or curing fever."

Pyrethrins all the sudden do not sound poisonous. The only thing left that could be even slightly toxic is Canola Oil itself.

You might also want to investigate the digestibility of Canola oil, and why it is that birdseed with 'canola' seed kills birds.

I do however suggest it for lubricating hardware with - it works wonders there as it never spoils, just like any good industrial lubricant...

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