Environmental Footprint of Canola and Canola-Based Products
Researcher: V. Baron, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Lacombe AB, R. Lemke, AAFC Saskatoon SK, K.N. Harker and J. ODonovan, AAFC, Lacombe, AB, Ray Desjardins, AAFC, Ottawa, ON, Murray Hartman ARD, Lacombe, AB
Project Code: 3.7.3
Final Report: April 2013
Summary: A three-part research study was conducted in western Canada to assess the environmental footprint of canola production in Canada. The results show that achieving high yields of grain dry matter and oil is essential to minimize environmental and carbon footprints. The life cycle assessment shows that agricultural research in Canada has been successful in developing crops that are not only economically successful, but sustainable. The impact is that on the whole-canola producers and the canola industry are following sustainable procedures.
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