O Canola! How Canola is Trending in Canada
A crop that has become mainstream in Canada in recent years is canola. Increasing canola production in Canada is being hailed as a success story. The canola we use today was developed in Canada in the 1970s using plant breeding techniques.109 Today, Canada is a global leader in canola production.
Between 2000 and 2009, canola yields increased by 20 percent.110 In 2011, canola surpassed spring wheat as Canada’s number one field crop. Canola is grown on 19.4 million hectares of farmland in Canada. This is an increase of 55.9 per cent since 2006.111 The Canadian canola industry consists of 13 processing plants in five provinces employing over 2800 people. It contributes $6 billion annually to the Canadian economy.112
Canola is used in biodiesel, which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 99 per cent over gasoline. Current canola biodiesel use is the equivalent of taking 300,000 cars off the road.113