The Non-GMO Canola Story
What’s the real story for NON-GMO canola oils.
The oils comes from a special bred variety of rapeseed, a yellow-flowering plant in the Brassicaceae (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 hybridization to specifically bred the rapeseed plant to be very low in erucic acid which at high levels is not safe for consumption.
Varieties of the canola seeds are hybrid 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 engineering came into play during the 1990's to genetically modify canola plants to be tolerant to Roundup.
But, not all canola 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 oil is tested to make sure no GMO contamination is present due to the concern of cross contamination when grown next to conventional GMO canola crops. We must have less than .9% GMO content to qualify as certified non-gmo. The Non-GMO Project provides excellent quality assurance of Non-GMO canola sources and requires genetic testing in order to achieve certification.
From field to bottle North Prairie Gold goes through this rigorous non-GMO certification process to be awarded the seal by the NON-GMO Project.