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The National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board and U.S. Department of Agriculture predict a 45 percent increase in U.S. canola acreage for 2012. According to the 2012 Prospective Plantings Report, producers plan to plant a record high of 1.56 million acres this year, with planted area expected to increase in five of the seven major canola-growing states. North Dakota plans to add 440,000 acres, planting 1.3 million acres for the year, which will tie previous records.
Burcon NutraScience Corporation and ADMterminated on March 1 their license and development agreement for commercialization of Burcon’s canola proteins Puratein®, Supertein™ and Nutratein™. The agreement was in effect since 2003. Burcon is now free to choose alternative partners for the production of its canola proteins for human consumption.
Hot dogs may get healthier thanks to canola oil. In a paper published March 1 in Food and Function, researchers at the University of Guelph combined canola oil with molecules of ethyl cellulose to produce a gel replacing saturated fat in hot dogs. Although the researchers are not claiming hot dogs as a diet food, their modified recipe features healthy fats.
A study from the University of California-Los Angeles Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research shows people with diets deficient in omega-3 fat were more susceptible to accelerated brain aging. The study examined the levels of the omega-3s eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in 1,575 people with an average age of 67. Canola oil, which contains the omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), was noted in an article about the study due the body’s ability to partially convert ALA to EPA and DHA.
Research shows that omega-3 fats may have an assortment of health benefits, such as protecting the heart and reducing risks associated with dementia. Since most Americans don’t get enough omega-3 fats, WebMD recommends choosing cooking oils that are high in omega-3s like canola oil.
According to researchers at Sydney University in Australia, giving small babiesomega-3 supplementsfrom 6 months of age could help protect them against heart attack and stroke later in life. The research, published in the journal Pediatrics, states that omega-3 fats contained in fish oil, canola oil and canola oil-based margarine could be beneficial for small babies, who are at increased risk of arterial fat and plaque building up in their arteries and blood vessel hardening.
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USA Today reports that a canola oil-based lubricant performs much better than the petroleum-based alternative. With a U.S. Department of Agriculture study grant, Montana State University researchers tested the canola oil lubricant and found that less of it was needed to lubricate chain saws in the study compared to the petroleum product.
The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen is now available as an eBook on Barnes and Noble’s NOOK devices. The cookbook, co-published by CanolaInfo and the American Diabetes Association in 2009, features 151 recipes made with canola oil. Cooking away from home without your favorite recipe from the cookbook? No problem … take a look on a NOOK book!/
The best-selling cookie in America is now a century old. Flash mobs, fireworks and other celebrations ensued March 6 to mark Oreo’s 100th birthday. While the chocolate cookie sandwich with a vanilla cream center has hardly changed over the years, it is now made with canola oil.
With baseball season just around the corner, several U.S. stadiums, including Busch Stadium, Miller Park and Safeco Field, will have "peanut-controlled" seating for certain games to protect allergy sufferers from deadly attacks. In addition to offering peanut-free seating, Nationals Park reports that it will substitute canola oil for peanut oil on allergy-free days.
According to Oil World, Canadian canola planting may increase from 6.6 percent to 12 percent this year as farmers respond to higher prices. Canola planting may exceed the European Union’s combined sowing of winter and spring rapeseed for the first time. Bloomberg reports production could reach between 15 million and 15.4 million metric tons from about 14.4 million tons last year and 13.1 million tons in 2010. Planting will increase from 7.6 hectares last year to about 8.1 million to 8.5 million hectares.
The Canola Council of Canada held its 45th Annual Convention, “Capitol Exchange,” March 15-16 at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. Speakers included “Freakonomics” author Stephen Dubner, U.S. Department of Agriculture Chief Economist Joe Glauber and Canadian Senator JoAnne Buth. The Council's 2011 annual report and a video about canola oil were presented at the convention.