In just a few decades, canola has become one of the world's most important oilseed crops and the most profitable commodity for Canadian farmers.
The world's healthiest vegetable oil is extracted from the seeds of the canola plant. The seeds are 44% oil - more than double the oil content of soybeans. In addition to its heart-healthy properties, canola oil is renowned for its fine culinary qualities.
High-protein meal is produced from the other 56% of the canola seed. Canola meal is an excellent animal feed for cattle, poultry, swine and fish. When fed to dairy cows, it can increase milk production by one liter per day. Researchers have also developed a protein isolate that could one day be used for human nutrition.