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How Seed Becomes Oil


Omega-9 Oils began with researchers at Dow AgroSciences, who applied their expertise in plant breeding to develop better canola seed. The resulting NexeraTM brand Canola seeds were introduced in 1996 and today are grown on more than 1.5 million acres across North America. These seeds, when crushed, become Omega-9 Canola Oil.

Canola plants, which are recognizable by their small yellow flowers, grow 3-feet to 5-feet tall and produce pods with seeds that are similar in size and color to poppy seeds. Each canola seed is approximately 44% oil — among the highest in oilseed crops and twice as much as a soybean!

The more than 1 billion pounds of Omega-9 Canola Oil that are produced annually start as canola seeds planted by farmers, primarily in Western Canada and the Northern United States. The journey from Omega-9 Canola seed to oil is a complex one that requires partnership among Dow AgroSciences, farmers and oil processors, as well as food manufacturers and foodservice companies.

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