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  • Culinary Institute of America
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Northern Canola Growers Association

The Northern Canola Growers Association is a canola grower represented commodity group. Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, the Northern Canola Growers represents approximately 90 percent of all canola grown in the U.S.

The focus of the Northern Canola Growers Association is to promote sound environmentally sustainable canola production in the Northern Plains. Through the establishment of Best Management Practices, canola growers ensure the land is protected for future generations by limiting inputs and protecting beneficial pollinators. Increased efficiencies and adoption of the latest technology allows canola producers to meet the needs of continued population growth in the world by producing more pounds of healthy canola oil per acre. Canola crops are also an outstanding rotational crop for other food crops, synergistically helping to decrease disease levels in the soil and benefit wildlife.

The U.S. produces about 2.5 billion pounds of canola oil annually on nearly 1.6 million acres. Given the healthy characteristics of canola oil, it is the right choice for consumers seeking to eat healthier and more sustainably.

Canola oil is heart-healthy because it has the least saturated fat of any common cooking oil. It has less than half the saturated fat of olive or soybean oil and is made up of 11 percent omega-3 fatty acids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized a qualified health claim for canola oil's ability to reduce the risk of heart disease when used in place of saturated fat. Canola oil is a healthy and versatile, plant-based food that will help the world address the issues of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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