Canola

Canola was developed in the 1970s through conventional breeding of the rapeseed plant. Genetically modified versions of canola became available in the late 1990s. The plant is primarily insect pollinated, though canola pollen can travel great distances by wind.

Canola seed contains about 45% oil content and that is the primary market for canola growers1. Once the oil is pressed from the seed, the remaining canola meal is often added to animal feed.

Herbicide Tolerant Insect resistant Disease resistant
 

 
 

Some varieties of canola have been genetically modified to produce higher levels of laurate and oleic acid to make the properties of the resulting canola oil better suited for food manufacturing2.

Cultivation

Canada (95% of canola acreage in 2014) 3
United States (94% of canola acreage in 2014)4
Australia
Chile

  1. “Seed, Meal and Oil.” Canola. U.S. Canola Association, n.d. Web. 
  2. “Canola.” Biotech Crops Backgrounders. International Service for the Acquisition Of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA), n.d. Web.
  3. “Canola.” Biotech Crop Annual Updates (2014). International Service for the Acquisition Of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA). Web.
  4. James, Clive. 2014. Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014. ISAAA Brief  No. 49. ISAAA: Ithaca, NY. 18. Print.