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‘Land of Rape and Honey’ offends despite reference to plant

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Thursday, April 23, 2015, 7:49 AM

Certain breeds of the rapeseed plant — the "rape" in Tisdale's slogan "The Land of Rape and Honey" — are used to make canola cooking oil.Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

Certain breeds of the rapeseed plant — the “rape” in Tisdale’s slogan “The Land of Rape and Honey” — are used to make canola cooking oil.

It’s boasted of being “The Land of Rape and Honey” for almost 60 years.

But small town Tisdale in Saskatchewan, Canada, could soon change its slogan after locals complained the saying, which refers to the rapeseed plant, was being misunderstood.

The rapeseed industry was once booming, reports CBC News. But a major decline in production means only 1% of its fields are now taken up with the yellow crop, often used to make canola oil.

Some of Tisdale’s 3,200 residents say visitors regularly “raise their eyebrows” over what sounds like a reference to sexual assault.

Townsfolk are now being given the chance to vote for a new slogan.

"A Place to Be" is one possible replacement slogan since beekeeping is another Tisdale industry.David Stobbe/REUTERS

“A Place to Be” is one possible replacement slogan since beekeeping is another Tisdale industry.

The options include “A Place to Bee,” “Land of Canola and Honey,” “Hub of the Northeast” and “A Place to Grow.”

“There’s passionate people who believe it should be changed and passionate people who believe it shouldn’t be changed,” the town’s director of economic development Sean Wallace told CBC.

“It’s been both famous and infamous.”


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