Canola: A truly Canadian crop

By Brandie Piper

Published July 1, 2015 on

As Canada celebrates its 148th birthday on July 1, we want to take a look at the only crop in the world that can be considered truly Canadian – canola! The Canola Council of Canada calls it “Canada’s greatest agricultural success story.”

You probably use canola oil to cook. It’s low in saturated fat, free of trans fat and cholesterol, and a good source of vitamins E and K. The crop provides a versatile oil with a healthy profile for cooking food and a protein meal that is fed to livestock as part of animals’ balanced diet. Farmers are also growing it more sustainably. Let’s learn a little more about this great crop.

Demand for rapeseed dropped in the 1970s, so, using traditional plant breeding, Canadian scientists developed canola, a plant with a better seed that has more nutritional value than rapeseed. Canola seeds contain about 44 percent oil. After the seeds are harvested, they’re crushed, and the oil is separated from the meal, which is used to feed livestock… [continue reading]

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