|Genetically Modified Foods
|It's virtually impossible to provide a complete list of genetically modified food (GM food)
in the United States because Some estimates say as many as 30,000 different products
on grocery store shelves are "modified." That's largely because many processed foods
contain soy. Half of North America's soy crop is genetically engineered!
• Rapeseed - Resistance to certain pesticides and improved rapeseed cultivars to
be free of erucic acid and Gluconsinolates, which were found in rapeseed meal
leftover from pressing, are toxic and had prevented the use of the meal in animal feed.
In Canada, where "double-zero" rapeseed was developed, the crop was renamed
"canola" (Canadian oil) to differentiate it from non-edible rapeseed.
• Honey - Honey can be produced from GM crops. Some Canadian honey comes
from bees collecting nectar from GM canola plants. This has shut down exports of
Canadian honey to Europe.
• Cotton - Resistant to certain pesticides - considered a food because the oil can
be consumed. The introduction of genetically engineered cotton plants has had an
unexpectedly effect on Chinese agriculture. The so-called Bt cotton plants that
produce a chemical that kills the cotton bollworm have not only reduced the
incidence of the pest in cotton fields, but also in neighboring fields of corn, soybeans,
and other crops.
• Rice - Genetically modified to contain high amounts of Vitamin A. Rice containing
human genes is to be grown in the US. Rather than end up on dinner plates, the rice
will make human proteins useful for treating infant diarrhea in the developing world.
• Soybean - Genetically modified to be resistant to herbicides - Soy foods
including, soy beverages, tofu, soy oil, soy flour, and lecithin. Other products may
include breads, pastries, snack foods, baked products, fried products, edible oil
products and special purpose foods.
• Sugar cane - Made resistant to certain pesticides. A large percentage of
sweeteners used in processed food actually come from corn, not sugar cane or beets.
Genetically modified sugar cane is regarded so badly by consumers at the present time
that it could not be marketed successfully.
• Tomatoes - Made for a longer shelf life and to prevent a substance that causes
tomatoes to rot and degrade.
• Corn - Resistant to certain pesticides - Corn oil, flour, sugar or syrup. May
include snack foods, baked goods, fried foods, edible oil products, confectionery,
special purpose foods, and soft drinks.
• Sweet corn - genetically modified to produces its own insecticide. Officials from
the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have said that thousands of tons of
genetically engineered sweetcorn have made their way into the human food supply
chain, even though the produce has been approved only for use in animal feed.
Recently Monsanto, a biotechnology food producer, said that about half of the USA's
sweetcorn acreage has been planted with genetically modified seed this year.
• Canola - Canola oil. May include edible oil products, fried foods, and baked
products, snack foods.
• Potatoes - (Atlantic, Russet Burbank, Russet Norkatah, and Shepody) - May
include snack foods, processed potato products and other processed foods containing
• Flax - More and more food products contain flax oil and seed because of their
excellent nutritional properties. No genetically modified flax is currently grown. An
herbicide-resistant GM flax was introduced in 2001, but was soon taken off the market
because European importers refused to buy it.
• Papaya - The first virus resistant papayas were commercially grown in Hawaii in
1999. Transgenic papayas now cover about one thousand hectares, or three quarters
of the total Hawaiian papaya crop. Monsanto, donated technology to Tamil Nadu
Agricultural University, Coimbatore, for developing a papaya resistant to the ring-spot
virus in India.
• Squash - (yellow crookneck) - Some zucchini and yellow crookneck squash are
also GM but they are not popular with farmers.
• Red-hearted chicory - (radicchio) - Chicory (Cichorium intybus var. foliosum) is
popular in some regions as a salad green, especially in France and Belgium. Scientists
developed a genetically modified line of chicory containing a gene that makes it male
sterile, simply facilitating the production of hybrid cultivars. Today there is no
genetically modified chicory on the market.
• Cotton seed oil- Cottonseed oil and linters. Products may include blended
vegetable oils, fried foods, baked foods, snack foods, edible oil products, and small-
• Tobacco -The company Vector has a GMO tobacco being sold under the brand
of Quest cigarettes in the U.S. It is engineered to produce low or no nicotine.
• Meat - Meat and dairy products usually come from animals that have eaten GM
• Peas - Genetically modified (GM) peas created immune responses in mice,
suggesting that they may also create serious allergic reactions in people. The peas had
been inserted with a gene from kidney beans, which creates a protein that acts as a
• Vegetable Oil - Most generic vegetable oils and margarines used in restaurants
and in processed foods in North America are made from soy, corn, canola, or
cottonseed. Unless these oils specifically say "Non-GMO" or "Organic," it is probably
• Sugar beets - May include any processed foods containing sugar.
• Dairy Products - About 22 percent of cows in the U.S. are injected with
recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH).
• Vitamins - Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is often made from corn, vitamin E is usually
made from soy. Vitamins A, B2, B6, and B12 may be derived from GMOs as well as vitamin
D and vitamin K may have "carriers" derived from GM corn sources, such as starch,
glucose, and maltodextrin.
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