Oilseed Products

Canola was developed in Canada in the 1970s breeding out unhealthy components of rapeseed to produce a product suitable for consumption. Its oil has a different composition than rapeseed and meets stringent standards to fit the industry definition of canola. Only then can it be sold under that trademarked name.

“Canola oil has one of the lowest levels of saturated fat among cooking oils and no trans fats,” said Dr. Sharon Robinson, Extension nutrition specialist. “It is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids – nutrients needed to help maintain health. In fact, canola has more vitamin E than peanut, corn or olive oil.”

Along with oil, canola is used in making salad oils, sandwich spreads, coffee creamers and other edible products. Canola meal is processed into pellets and mash to make feed for pigs, cattle and poultry. It is also used in pesticides, lubricants, printing inks, cosmetics and other non-edible products.

Biofuel is considered an important means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing energy security by providing a viable alternative to fossil fuels.

Biofuels are commonly used throughout the world. The most common use for biofuels is automotive transport (E10 fuel). Essentially a biofuel can be produced from any short term carbon cycle organic compound; due to this there is a high variety of resources and therefore many types of biofuels.

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