Flax for a New Millennium
As we head into the 21st century, new markets for flax worldwide are soaring. These are partly fuelled by a movement which distinguishes flax as a nutritious food.
Naturally Nutritious Flax
Following the long-established eating patterns of other populations, North Americans are enjoying more flax breads and baked goods. The use of flax in breads, bagels and other baked goods has tripled demand for flax in the food industry in North America this decade.
Omega-3 enriched foods offer more food choices to consumers seeking to increase the omega-3 content of their diet. For example, omega-3 enriched eggs from laying hens fed a special flax diet are gaining in popularity amongst consumers on the North American continent and abroad. Other food products, such as omega-3 enriched pork, are produced by including flax in animal rations. Still other animal producers add flax to feed rations for better animal health. In the pet food industry, flax is a common ingredient in premium brands.
Environmentally Friendly Flax Products
The flax industry is also springing forward with other flax products for a new century. Environmentally-friendly flax products suit not only the world of today, but also that of the future. In manufacturing, new linseed oil products like Archer #1™ and Dilulin™ have been formulated for modern products. These linseed oil products help manufacturers make their goods with less pollution.
In paints, stains and other coatings
Dilulin, manufactured by Cargill Limited, substitutes for petroleum-based solvents in a wide range of paints, stains and other coatings. It provides good coverage and protection, while reducing solvents which are contributors to much pollution and smog. Solvent reduction is mandatory in many jurisdictions throughout the world. By adopting Dilulin, manufacturers reduce solvent use and meet environmental regulations.
In particleboard manufacturing
Archer #1, produced by Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM), also satisfies environmental concerns. Archer #1 acts as a co-adhesive in particleboard and hardboard manufacturing. It replaces some petro-chemicals in these wood products, thereby reducing the discharge of pollution-causing compounds during the manufacturing process. The composite wood products’ industry has experienced enormous growth recently, and ADM estimates the current US market to exceed $500 million.
In flooring products
Linoleum, a flooring made of all-natural ingredients, also helps reduce pollution. Biodegradable linoleum decomposes completely when discarded, unlike petroleum-based vinyl floorings which remain solid much longer.