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List of genetically modified foods:
virtually impossible to provide a complete list of genetically modified
food (GM food) in the United States because there aren’t any laws for
genetically modified crops!
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!
Resistance to certain pesticides and improved rapeseed cultivars to be
free of erucic acid and glucosinolates. 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 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.
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 diarrhoea in the developing world.
Soybean - Genetically
modified to be resistant to herbicides - Soy foods including, soy
beverages, tofu, soy oil, soy flour, 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 comes 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.
- 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.
- genetically modified to produces its own insecticide. Officials from
the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have said that thousands of
tonnes 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.
- (Atlantic, Russett Burbank, Russet Norkatah, and Shepody) - May
include snack foods, processed potato products and other processed foods
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 ringspot virus in India.
Squash - (yellow crookneck) - Some zucchini and yellow crookneck squash are also GM but they are not popular with farmers.
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 smallgoods casings.
-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
Meat - Meat and dairy products usually come from animals that have eaten GM feed.
- 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 pesticide.
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 genetically modified.
Sugarbeets - May include any processed foods containing sugar.
Products - About 22 percent of cows in the U.S. are injected with
recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH).
- 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.
can the public make informed decisions about genetically modified (GM)
foods when there is so little information about its safety?
to the FDA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),
there are over 40 plant varieties that have completed all of the federal
requirements for commercialization.
Future planned applications
of GMOs are diverse and may include drugs in foods, for example, bananas
that produce human vaccines against infectious diseases such as
Hepatitis B, metabolically engineered fish that mature more quickly,
fruit and nut trees that yield years earlier, and plants that produce
new plastics with unique properties.
"History has many records of crimes against humanity, which were also justified by dominant
commercial interests and governments of the day. Despite protests from
citizens, social justice for the common good was eroded in favour of
private profits. Today, patenting of life forms and the genetic
engineering which it stimulates, is being justified on the grounds that
it will benefit society, especially the poor, by providing better and
more food and medicine. But in fact, by monopolising the 'raw'
biological materials, the development of other options is deliberately
blocked. Farmers therefore, become totally dependent on the corporations
for seeds." - Professor Wangari Mathai.