Lets know Canola (rapeseed)
The name rapeseed comes from the word "rape" from the Dutch koolzaad (or coolzaad) which literally means "cabbage seed." Mention of rapeseed in French literature dates back to 1671. The word Canola is a contraction of Canadian Oil Low Acid adopted by Canada to differentiate traditional rapeseed containing high concentration of erucic acid and glucosinolates from low erucic acid rapeseed.
Canola and GMOs
Major type of canola grown in the world is genetically modified that is intended to make herbicide-resistance to control weeds. It helps keep the cost of production of relatively low canola oil. In European Union the cultivation of genetically modified canola is strictly controlled. Since 1991, virtually all rapeseed production in the European Union has shifted to rapeseed 00 (double zero), with low content of erucic acid and low content of glucosinolates. The production of rapeseed in the European Union is still “conventional”, that is does not contain genetically modified.