Canola Oil Facts and Information
(Canola Oil information doesn’t include nutritional values.)
Common Name: Canola or Canola Oil
Where does it come from: Canola Oil is a vegetable oil created from the seed of the rapeseed plant. Rapeseed is a plant in the mustard or cabbage family used in making vegetable oil.
Type of Plant: vegetable
Origin: The oil name originated in Canada in the 1970’s.
Grown: Mainly in Canada, United States, China, India, Germany, and France.
Visual Description: The plant grows vertically with a thin stalk, pointy thin green leaves, and yellow flowers. The seeds grow in a narrow podlike container. The seeds consist of small round black seeds.
Uses: Canola is used as an oil for cooking and in edible goods, including canola lecithin in many foods. Canola is also used in the following industries: candles, cosmetics, ink, biodiesel, and lubricants. Once the seed is crushed and processed for the oil the remainder of the seed is crushed as a canola meal used in livestock feed.
Historical Information: Canada discovered Canola oil in the 1970’s.
GMO (genetically modified Organism) Canola?
Yes – about 93% to 95% of Canola grown in the United States and Canada are GMO. The United States and Canada are the two leading canola growers and exporters.
According to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) as of December 11, 2017, there are 14 petitions on the books for deregulation.
Out of the 14 petitions in the database 10 were deregulated between October 1994 and July 2017. Three petitions were withdrawn and one is still pending.
A deregulated status for GM products means that the USDA permits the planting and growing of the GM plant without any restrictions. And the growers, packagers, and distributors do not have to let the consumer know the product contains GMO materials.
Pesticide Usage on Conventionally and Organically Grown Canola:
Conventional agriculture may use any pesticides approved by the government including synthetic pesticides.
All Organic products are NON-GMO, plus organic products follow strict pesticide usage and raising standards
The USDA(United States Department of Agriculture) does sample pesticide testing on over 20 products. You can find the complete results on the USDA PDP (pesticide data program) online.
Currently, rapeseed nor canola is tested by the USDA. However, most Canola and rapeseed plants are GMO with added pesticides within the DNA.
Is Organic Canola Oil available?
Yes, there are some farmers, suppliers, and manufacturers who specialize in organic canola and canola oil. Whenever you hear a product is almost 100% GMO in the United States it makes you wonder if there is an organic equivalent if you choose to use the product.
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