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Celebrating canola’s 50th birthday as Canada’s crop

Canola: Seeds of Innovation

Canola: we eat it, feed it to farm animals, and ride buses and cars fuelled by it. This nutritious oil is neutral in flavour, and ideal for cooking. Transformed into biofuel, its oil can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Canola meal is also an excellent ingredient in animal feed. And canola has other uses as well!  

Fifty years ago, Canadian plant researchers took on a challenge: creating a healthy vegetable oil from rapeseed, a little-known plant that grew well on the Prairies. Following decades of collaboration and hard work, scientists succeeded in developing one of Canada’s most important crops: canola.

The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, along with its partners from the public and private agricultural sectors, is proud to mark the 50th anniversary of canola as a “made in Canada” crop, through engaging exhibitions and programs that focus on the scientific research, engineering, innovation and entrepreneurship behind canola.

Our Partners

The development of this project has been guided by the Canola Initiative National Advisory Committee (CINAC), comprised of farmers, scientists, nutritionists, ethicists, entrepreneurs, and representatives of academia, industry and government.

The programs have been supported by the following partners:


This exhibition was made possible in part through financial support from the Government of Canada.

Celebrating canola’s 50th birthday as Canada’s crop:

Canola! Seeds of Innovationcafm

Type: Current

Canola! Explore our dynamic hands-on exhibition featuring the ingenuity behind this “made in Canada” crop in the lab, on the farm, and in our daily lives.

Canola: A Story of Canadian Innovation — Travelling Exhibitioncafm

Type: Travelling

Canola: A Story of Canadian Innovation explores the science behind the development, cultivation and future of this crop

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