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Well, good morning baby GMO canola.

On our farm in Saskatchewan, we grow both conventional and GMO crops. We’re growing a few varieties of canola this year, all GMO because they are a good choice for our farm and bottom line. These varieties include both Round Up Ready (Monsanto) and InVigor (Bayer) kinds. Each year, we get to choose what types of crops to grow and we decided to grow these because they are a good match for our growing zone and soil type, allow us to spray less pesticides on our crops (without it our crops would die from aggressive weeds) and lets us adopt a zero-till practice, which reduces soil erosion and captures carbon from the atmosphere. We try and make the best decisions for our land and environment because we care about the future of our farm and want to leave it in better condition for our kids.

The canola in the picture is an InVigor variety, where we spray a different pesticide other than glyphosate on the field in order to control weeds. A good management practice is to rotate crops each year and chemicals to reduce the risk of weeds, diseases, and pesticide-tolerant weeds. But don’t get me wrong, we don’t douse our crops either. It costs us money (inputs, fuel, depreciation of equipment, etc) and time to spray (and we want our farmers to spend as much time with our family as possible). We follow strict regulations about when and what we can spray to ensure it’s safe for our farmers, our family and the environment. What’s most important is knowing that the food we grow and eat is safe. Our kids eat the same food we grow.

Come August and September, we will harvest this plant and the seeds will be pressed to make canola oil. Another reason we chose this variety is because the oil produced from this plant has a high-oleic content. High-oleic canola oil is most commonly used in commercial food production and food service as it has a prolonged stability under high heat conditions. It also does not contain any trans fat and has an impressive nutrition profile with roughly 70% monounsaturated fat , 23% polyunsaturated fats (3% omega-3) and (20% omega-6) and 7% saturated fat. All great reasons why you can find canola oil in my pantry.

Like other farms, whether conventional, organic, big or small, we make choices based on what is good for our farm, family and you – the consumer. We all are consumers and want the same things. We all want safe, healthy, affordable food and this plant and our farm help make that happen 😃

For more info about why we are proud to grow GMOs, please visit my blog at http://highheelsandcanolafields.com/2016/03/29/why-this-mom-is-proud-to-grow-and-eat-gmos-part-1/

Sources:
http://www.canolacouncil.org/media/515008/classic_and_high-oleic_canola_oils.pdf
https://www.cropscience.bayer.ca/Products/Seed/InVigor-West/InVigor-Hybrids.aspx#accordion_12