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Old 07-05-2012, 12:33 PM   #31
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I was talking to someone last night about canola. I remember when we called them "rape fields" as we passed them on the highway. I'm thinking the negative connotations of that term necessitated a name change.
I think it's likely that the name change was partly motivated by marketing and negative connotations of the original name.
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:36 PM   #32
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I think it's likely that the name change was partly motivated by marketing and negative connotations of the original name.
I think I read that the word Canola is a combo of Canadian and oil.
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:46 PM   #33
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I think I read that the word Canola is a combo of Canadian and oil.
It is according to Wikipedia:

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Rapeseed needs significant processing (and some selective breeding/genetics) to be palatable. According to Wikipedia the rename of rapeseed to canola comes from an abbreviation: Canadian Oilseed, Low-Acid: Canola, originally a trademark but now a generic term.
I believe it was erucic acid that was selectively bred to a low level due to toxicity. Thus the low acid term.

The article says that Canola was once a specialty crop in Canada but has now become a major cash crop in America.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:54 PM   #34
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Overview of Canada's Canola Industry - Canola Council of Canada

Rather an interesting little site. Didn't even know it existed.
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:32 PM   #35
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Thanks for the opinions, guys!!
I like the taste of canola oil and I think it is a very good quality oil for cooking. Still trying to know more about it!
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:33 PM   #36
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Btw, what is the previous furor about?
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Old 07-05-2012, 02:34 PM   #37
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I remember when we were flying into one country (can't remember which) in Europe, we saw fields and fields of the rapeseed plant. I'd never heard of canola oil at the time, a gazillion years ago. I've used it ever since and never had a problem with the scent. I do use some other oils just for flavor.
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My objection to Canola oil is that 80% of it is genetically modified and it never says that on the bottle. I don't object, in principal, to GM food, but I really want it to be labelled as such. I would like to have enough info to look it up.
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Did they modify Canola's genome by selective breeding or did they use artificial means like inserting genes from other species?

Mankind has been genetically modifying plant and animal species for millennia, by means of selective breeding. There's nothing wrong with that. However when they start inserting foreign genes (like from insects or bacteria) that's when I start freaking out.

If the latter then I'm going to put Canola on my "do not use" list.
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:07 PM   #40
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Did they modify Canola's genome by selective breeding or did they use artificial means like inserting genes from other species?

Mankind has been genetically modifying plant and animal species for millennia, by means of selective breeding. There's nothing wrong with that. However when they start inserting foreign genes (like from insects or bacteria) that's when I start freaking out.

If the latter then I'm going to put Canola on my "do not use" list.
I'll bet you were frightened as a child by the movie, "The Fly".
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