Biotech Updates

Canada Invests in Oil Seed Research

March 5, 2010

The Canadian government is providing $19 million to the Canola Council of Canada to take the research lead in collaboration with the Flax Council of Canada, industry scientists and universities. Agriculture Minister Gerry Rit made this announcement saying that "The oil seed industry is an important driver of Canada's economy and that's why our Government is making strategic investments to keep our producers on the cutting-edge of innovation. This research will help our producers protect their crops, build their operations and their profitability, expand their markets, and continue to provide a healthy product for consumers around the world."

Research and innovation will focus on oil nutrition, meal nutrition and production to enable the industry to expand the profile of canola oils as a healthy oil while increasing the value of the meal.

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