About Be Well and the Manitoba Canola Growers
It means living a passionate life through healthy living, personal growth and partnership. We call this Live Well, Eat Well, Be Well!
When you look at living well, it may look like a huge task but it’s the simple things that we do daily to live well, from eating breakfast every morning to getting outside for a walk or laughing with family and friends.
Eating well is a foundation that supports living well. When possible we include the nutritional analysis for our recipes so you can review and see if it fits into your eating plan. We use simple whole ingredients to get the best flavour and for health. Of course, eating well is all about balance.
It’s about passion, balance and a strong foundation. Living a passionate life inspires others to do the same and when you can operate at your best, it seems like everything is possible. Be Well is here to help you live your passion, find balance and give you access to resources that will help you build your own strong foundation.
At the Manitoba Canola Growers we are committed to “be well!” at everything we do. We are inspired by our farmers, our partners and you! Our farmers commit their best to Be Well for their families and businesses. They want the best from their land and they do their best to take care of the land to pass down to the next generation. We know that our farmers love what they do and are passionate about growing a healthy product for not only Manitobans but for people around the world.
We are passionate about what we do and love to hear about what drives you. Share with us on the blog (www.blog.canolarecipes.ca), on facebook, on twitter (@canolagrowers) or email us (email@example.com).
More about the Manitoba Canola Growers, Canola and Canola Oil
Who are the Manitoba Canola Growers?
The Manitoba Canola Growers Association represents over 9,000 farmers in Manitoba. On average they plant 3 million acres of canola each spring.
What is Canola?
Canola is a plant that is a member of a large family of plants called crucifers. Crucifers are easy to identify because the four yellow flower petals form the shape of a cross.
How does Canola grow?
Canola plants grow to a height of one to two metres. The yellow flower produces seed pods that are about 5 centimetres in length. There is an average of 60 to 100 pods per plant. Each seed pod contains 20 to 30 tiny, round seeds which are 1 mm. in diameter. When it is ready to harvest, the plant changes colour from green to light yellow. These tiny seeds are crushed to extrude canola oil.
From germination to seed production, the life cycle of a canola plant takes about 3 1/2 months, depending on temperature, moisture, sunlight and soil fertility. Canola is a cool season crop. It grows particularly well on the prairies, where cool nights and hot days allow it to develop its unique fatty acid profile.
What plant family is Canola?
Canola belongs to a section (or genus) of the crucifer family called Brassica. As well as canola, Brassica plants include mustard, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and turnip. Brassicas are a major source of food in many countries, including Canada.
How did Canola get its name?
The name ‘Canola’ was registered as a trademark in Canada in 1970. The name comes from “Can” as in Canada and “ola” as in oil!
Where did Canola come from?
The plant was bred by Canadian scientists, Dr. Baldur Stefansson and Dr. Keith Downey, who selected rapeseed populations when looking for a crop that would produce a healthy, edible oil product. Prior to canola oil, most of the oil Canadians used for food purposes was imported and people wanted a home-grown edible oil. Canola was selected from rapeseed through the knowledge and ingenuity of these prairie plant scientists.
Is Canola Rapeseed?
Canola is NOT rapeseed. It may look the same but it’s nutritional makeup is totally different. Canola came about only after years of hard work, research and countless field tests of new plant varieties.
How much is the Canola Industry worth in Canada?
Canada’s canola industry adds $13.8 billion in economic activity to the Canadian economy. The canola industry creates over 216,000 jobs in western and eastern Canada in production, transportation, crushing, refining, food development, manufacturing and service.
Who grows Canola?
More than 52,000 Canadian farmers grow canola, largely as full-time farmers and in family farm businesses. They depend on canola to generate between one third and one half of their revenues. Seventy-five percent (75%) of Canadian canola is exported throughout the world, bringing back more than $2.8 million to the country’s economy.
How does the Manitoba Canola Growers fit into all of this?
The Manitoba Canola Growers are a non-profit organization that represents the canola farmers in Manitoba. Farmers pay a check-off at the elevator when they deliver their canola for sale. This money is managed by the Manitoba Canola Growers.
What does the Manitoba Canola Growers Association do?
We are committed in providing health and recipe information on canola oil to consumers, health professionals, dietitians, educators, chefs and food service personnel. We are also highly committed to our growers and run many programs to ensure that they have access to the best resources they need to grow a safe, sustainable, healthy crop for the world. You can read more about their farmer initiatives at www.mcgacanola.org.
Is Canola Oil safe?
Yes, you can be assured that canola oil is safe. Canola oil meets strict quality standards determined by industry and government regulatory agencies. Consumers can therefore be assured that the canola oil they purchase is of the highest quality.
Why should I buy and use Canola Oil?
Canola oil is the best blend of fats for good health. Canola oil is low in saturated fat and contains zero trans fat and cholesterol.
Canola oil is a source of omega-6 which is important for the brain and essential for the growth and development of infants.
Canola oil is also high in omega-3 fat which helps to protect against heart attacks and strokes.
Canola oil is high in monounsaturated fats, which reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
You can also visit our blog post When can I use canola oil for a more informaiton.