There are Currently only 9 GMO Food Crops Grown in the US:
~85% percent of US soybeans are currently genetically engineered
2. Corn (not popcorn)
86% of the US maize crop was genetically modified in 2010 and 32% of the worldwide maize crop was GM in 2011.
In 2011, 49% of the total maize harvest was used for livestock feed which humans consume, 27% went to ethanol production (what a waste of water, land and energy to produce negligent energy), 13% was exported (there goes the US feeds all the starving children in Africa theory), and lastly 4.1% of the US corn harvest was made into high fucktose corn syrup. The remaining 6.9% was used for other sweeteners, cornstarch, making alcohol for beverages, for cereal, and for seed – so less than 10% of the harvest was used directly for human food or drink. Don’t forget that all that corn in the midwest and plains, all that water, land, energy and chemicals is to feed cows, pigs and chickens. You are what you eat and the typical American hamburger is made from GMO corn feed.
3. Cottonseed (for oil)
~88% percent of US corn is currently genetically engineered
4. Canola (for oil)
~93% percent of US corn is currently genetically engineered
Canola stands for “Canadian oil low acid” and was developed from the rapeseed plant, part of the mustard family of plants. These oils have long been used for industrial purposes (in candles, lipsticks, soaps, inks, lubricants, and biofuels). It’s an industrial oil, not a food.
Rapeseed oil is the source behind mustard gas, and on its own it causes emphysema, respiratory distress, anemia, constipation, irritability, and blindness. But through the beauty of genetic modification, we now sell it as an edible oil.
5. Sugar Beets
The food products of sugar beets are refined sugar and molasses.
95% of sugar beet acres in the US were planted with glyphosate-resistant seed in 2011
A good thing about GMO sugarbeets, unlike other GMO crops, the sugar produced from GM sugarbeets is highly refined and contains no DNA or protein, it is just sucrose. Supposedly, the glyphosate (poison to life) doesn’t get into what we are eating? Regardless, the poison does get into the water and effects the ecosystem where the crop is grown.
6. Papaya (Hawaiian & Chinese)
The first virus resistant papayas were commercially grown in Hawaii in 1999. GMO papayas now make up about 75% of the Hawaiian papaya crop.
8. Yellow Crookneck Squash
9. Alfalfa (for hay, again to feed the animals we eat)
Alfalfa is the most recent of the FDA approved GMO crops.
In November 2012, California will most likely pass Prop 37 requiring the labeling of GMO foods in that state. In 2014, genetically modified ingredient labeling would then go into effect. The simple process of labeling gives the consumer a consistent, quick way to educate themselves when purchasing food. The label will inform the consumer if a product contains a genetically modified ingredient or not (but animals fed GMO food will not be required to be labeled by the way). Currently, over 70% of food products on the shelves of American’s typical grocery store contain one or more GMO ingredient. California’s Prop 37 is important and will change the country if passed.
Common Ingredients Made from Genetically Modified Crops:
- canola oil
- corn products (high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), corn flour, corn masa, corn meal, corn oil, corn sugar, cornstarch)
- cottonseed oil
- glucose (even C6H12O6, our bodies most basic fuel is not exempt)
- hydrolyzed vegetable protein
- protein isolate
- soy (soy flour, soy isolates, soy milk, soy oil, soy protein, soy sauce)
- sugar (unless specified as sugar cane)
- tocopherols (vitamin E)
- vegetable fat
- vegetable oil
List of US Food Companies that Commonly use Genetically Modified Ingredients:
- Miss Vickie’s
- General Mills
- Labatt beer
- No Name (generic)
- President’s Choice
- Quaker Oats
A great tool to avoid transgenic foods is the Non-GMO Shopping Guide, the site is a great resource. There is a free app for your phone to help you make informed decisions while at the grocery store.