CANowledge Update: Plant Health

The Importance of Canola Plant Health for the GREATER GOOD

Hello parents, teachers and students! Although we are not able to attend Aggie Days this year in Calgary and Lethbridge, we wanted to let you know we are still working on helping students learn about the importance of their food and where it comes from!

Here are some fun filled canola facts to share with friends and family:

  • Can” from Canada and “OLA” meaning “Oil, low acid” when put together = canola (CANADA’S OIL!)
  • Each canola seed has about 45% oil and has the least saturated fat of all cooking oils and half of that of olive oil and no trans fats.
  • Canola plants in Alberta help to produce up to 60 – 70% of all of Alberta’s honey and bees help pollinate the canola to get the canola to it’s podding stage.
  • To make approximately 1 lb of honey, bees will travel to approximately 2,000,000 flowers and travel approximately 50000 miles.

2020 is the International Year of Plant Health, according to the United Nations General Assembly.
We will be focusing on the importance of healthy plants to the production of Canada’s food supply. According to the UN General Assembly, “This year is a once in a lifetime opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can help end hunger, reduce poverty, protect the environment, and boost economic development” (2020).

This is pretty important as it is estimated by the year 2050, there will be 10 billion people and when it comes to food production we must do our best to ensure everyone has access to the food and resources they need to sustain themselves.

To help us specifically with canola plant health, did you know that the Canadian Canola Council has a free canola diagnostic tool? Your students, kids, or you can access it online to take you through what might be affecting canola plant health.

Want more information on the canola diagnostic tool? Check out: http://www.canoladiagnostictool.ca/
If you’d like to learn further information about overall canola health check out: https://www.canolacouncil.org/
Additionally, for students, parents, and teachers to help explain what canola plants need for survival check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chdtdWEV-0s&t=16s (from Journey 2050.)

References:
http://www.fao.org/plant-health-2020/about/en/

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