The Non-GMO Canola Story

What’s the real story for NON-GMO canola oils.

These oils come from a special bred variety of rapeseed, a yellow-flowering plant in the Brassicacaes (cabbage) family. Originally, the canola plant (rapeseed) was developed through traditional cross -breeding of plants during the 1970’s in Canada when genetic engineering didn’t even exist. This was done through hybridizing to specifically bred the rapeseed plant to be very low in erucic acid which at high levels is not safe for consumptions. 

Varieties of the canola seeds are hybrids and some are open pollinated both the result of traditional breeding not genetic engineering. These become known as the “heritage seeds.” The Canadian seed industry changed the name from rapeseed to “canola” (Canadian Oil) in an attempt to distance it from the negative association with the high euricic acid rapeseeds. Genetic engineered came into play during the 1990's to genetically modifimg canola plants to be tolerant to Roundup.

But, not all canolas seeds were genetically modified. These particular heritage seeds are in fact naturally non-GMO and always have been and they are now being used for all of the Non-GMO Project Verified Canola Oil.


What exactly is the non-GMO project and the certification process and standards?

Each batch of our North Prairie Gold oils is tested to make sure no GMO contaminations is present due to the concern of cross contaminations when grown next to conventioning GMO canola crops. We must have less than .9% GMO content to qualify as certified non-gmo. The Non-gMO Projects provides excellent quality assurances of Non-GMOs canola source and requires genetic testing in order to achieving certification. 

From field to bottles North Prairie Gold goes through this rigorous non-gmo certififying processes to be awarded the seal by the NON-GMO Project.

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