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SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainably Produced - Less Water Use and Improved Soil Health

It is critical to preserve the natural resources with which our food is grown. Canola not only embodies the advancements of modern crop technology, such as improved yields, decreased tillage and decreased chemical applications, but also offers unique environmental benefits.

Canola is very well adapted for its environment, and therefore requires little to no irrigation, reducing water use. It also fits well into rotations with other common and popular crops, supporting soil health and ecological diversity. Canola performs well under rainfed conditions if the predominant weather condition is "cool" and seasonal rainfall and soil moisture average more than 15 inches. That is why it is a favored crop on the Canadian prairies and in the North and Mountain West United States.1

Using Omega-9 Canola Oil supports a healthier planet by helping to reduce food waste and water usage, enabling better traceability and supporting soil health and better land usage.

Canola requires approximately 16 to 18 inches of water through its growing season, with around 8 inches used by annual varieties in July near flower and pod fill. A high-yielding corn crop, on the other hand, requires about 22 inches of water with a range of 20 to 25 inches.By 2011, conservation tillage was practiced on more than 80 percent of canola acreage. Conservation tillage can reduce fuel and repair costs by approximately 33 percent.No-till farming can reduce soil erosion by 90 to 95 percent or more compared to conventional tillage practices. Continuous no-till can make soil more resistant to erosion over time.

Return to Sustainability

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2 "Canola (Rapeseed)." Alternative Field Crops Manual. Accessed February 7, 2018. https://hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/afcm/canola.html.
3 "Corn, Water Requirements." Extension. May 28, 2008. Accessed February 7, 2018. http://articles.extension.org/pages/14080/corn-water-requirements.
4 Vilsack, T. "United States Summary and State Data." 2012 Census of Agriculture 1 (May 2014). https://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2012/Full_Report/Volume_1,_Chapter_1_US/usv1.pdf.
5 "2016 Census of Agriculture." Statistics Canada. October 10, 2017. Accessed February 7, 2018. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/170510/dq170510a-eng.htm.
6 "Canadian Canola Biotechnology." Accessed February 7, 2018. https://www.canolacouncil.org/css/innovation-biotech/assets/Canola-Biotech-Report.pdf.
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