GMO Foods List

Not As Clear As Expected

By: - Food & Beverage - September 21, 2011
gmo foods list not as clear as expected

Because of concerns about genetically modified foods across the world, gmo foods list advice is needed to avoid such foods.  There is in fact a shorter list of gmo foods than you may expect, though it is not possible to completely find all the exact foods, especially in the US as laws to govern genetically modified crop growing do not exist there.  It is thought that there may be as many as thirty-thousand varied grocery store products that contain genetically modified foods or are as a whole genetically modified.  Interestingly, one of the most common is the soy grown in North America, half of which is used for processed types of foods, and this half being completely genetically modified.

The GMO foods list is best looked at based on the basic genetically modified food ingredients, versus naming every single food that contains them as this would not be possible.  At present, the best list of GMO foods is a simple one, such as the one given below:

  • Rapeseed – modified to get rid of the harmful clucosinolates and erucic acid which is normally toxic to humans and animals.  Canadians created the double zero version, interestingly calling it canola, otherwise known as Canadian oil.  This was meant to avoid confusion with the rapeseed that could cause serious harm.
  • Honey – sadly for Canadian honey producers, Europeans have stopped buying Canadian honey as some honey may have been produced as the result of bees taking pollen from genetically modified plants.
  • Cotton – specially changed to resist cotton bollworms, reducing the numbers greatly in not only cotton fields in China, but adjacent fields of many other types of crops
  • Rice – altered to increase vitamin A content, contains human genes that are set to be grown within the United States and not used for eating, but to treat diarrhea in babies in third world countries
  • Soybeans – resistant to varied herbicides, now is found in most products containing soy
  • Sugar cane – resistant to pests, but feared by so many consumers that marketing failed, this new type of sugar producer is outdone by corn sugar and beet sugar
  • Tomatoes – altered to make them last longer, and not degrade or rot
  • Corn – resistant to many pests, is found in most foods made with corn, including some sugars
  • Sweet corn – produces a natural insecticide that has managed to end up being eaten by humans though it is still used to feed animals and is sold in the US
  • Canola – a modified rapeseed plant, found in most foods that are manufactured and may be listed as merely vegetable oil
  • Potatoes – pest resistant varieties that include Shepody, Russet Norkatah, Russett Burbank and Atlantic, being used in processed foods, processed potato type products and many snack foods
  • Flax – developed herbicide resistant in 2001, only to be not marketed due to European bans on the product
  • Papaya – virus resistant type produced in 1999 in Hawaii, now accounting for ¾ of the papaya crops produced in the state
  • Squash – include yellow crookneck and zucchini squash which have not gained farmer popularity
  • Raddichio/chicory – developed, but not marketed due to the a gene contained in the genetically modified plant that causes male sterility
  • Cotton seed oil – includes linters and the oil that are found in many blended types of vegetable oils and other baked goods
  • Tobacco – Quest brand cigarettes that produces no or low amounts of nicotine
  • Meats/dairy products – from animals fed any genetically modified foods
  • Peas – a gene from a kidney bean produced a pesticide type protein which was put into the peas and is thought to cause serious human allergic reactions
  • Vegetable oils – includes many generic margarines and vegetable oils found in North American processed foods and restaurants claiming to contain cottonseed, canola, corn or soy oils as long as they are not labeled otherwise
  • Sugarbeets – probably seen in most processed foods that may contain sugars
  • Dairy products – 22% American cows injected with rbGH, bovine growth hormone, a genetically modified recombinant
  • Vitamin C – made from genetically modified soy
  • Vitamins B12, B6, B2 and A – made from genetically modified sources
  • Vitamin D/K – made from genetically modified corn, including maltodextrin, glucose and starch

What else will be soon added without our knowledge to the gmo foods list? Will we soon be faced with protecting ourselves from these harmful things by producing our own products in our own backyards that will avoid us worrying about the list of gmo foods? It seems that only Europe cares enough about its peoples to protect them from such harm, leaving North Americans hoping for changes soon.

Photo: genetically modified plums – public domain photo –

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