Red Outbuildings in Canola Fields

Canola is genetically modified rapeseed. Today as much as 90% of the rapeseed crop in Western Canada is genetically modified. While the original modifications were achieved by selective breeding, today’s new hybrids are created by gene splicing, and are mainly herbicide tolerant. While the Canola Council of Canada claims that Canola oil is completely safe and offers many health benefits compared to other cooking oils, there is controversy over all genetically modified crops. Rapeseed blossoms are a major source of nectar for honeybees. Canola is also considered a promising source for manufacture of biodiesel, which offers an alternative to fossil fuels.

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