GMO Foods

The 5 Most Common GMO Foods In The U.S.

 A consensus has yet to form on whether GMO foods are actually harmful. But if you think genetically engineering food is wrong, you should probably avoid eating these products.

As a long list of states consider laws requiring the labeling of genetically modified organisms in food, more and more consumers are becoming aware of how common GMO is in America.

Here are the top 5 GMO foods in the U.S.:

1. Corn

More than 90% of all corn produced in America today is genetically modified, according to a Columbia University Earth Institute (CUEI) blog.

Considering the ubiquity of corn products, in everything from toothpaste to the high fructose corn syrup in everything from soda and salad dressing to bubble gum, corn is probably the #1 source of GMO foods for many people.

2. Sugar beets

Sugar beets, of which 95% are GMO, according to the CUEI blog, might not seem like a common grocery item.

But according to the USDA, about 55% of federally-subsidized U.S. sugar production comes from sugar beets – making most products that contain U.S. sugar GMO foods.[contextly_auto_sidebar id=”SNTXHEn8Q15bDbeh7NzKUeCNmwQ6gjT7″]

3. Soybeans

According to the FDA, 93% of soybeans planted in the U.S. are genetically engineered.

Soybeans are used for a variety of foods, such as cooking oil, dressings, mayonnaise, butter, bread, cakes and cookies.

The bulk of soybeans, however, is used for animal feed, both livestock and fish, which activists claim transfers the GE DNA to humans who eat meat from GMO-fed animals.

4. Canola oil and rapeseed

More than 90% of rapeseeds, from which canola oil is created, are genetically modified, according to NPR.

Much like soybeans, it’s used in both margarine, cooking oil, and animal feed.

5. Hawaiian papaya

While the island state has recently seen a surge in anti-GMO sentiment, more than 75% of papayas produced on Hawaii are still genetically modified, according to Modern Farmer.

As we’ve said, there’s still no clear scientific consensus on whether GMO foods are harmful. But if you want to avoid them altogether, the anti-GMO organization Institute for Responsible Technology has a comprehensive, non-GMO shopping guide here.

Photo courtesy of Jan Smith via Flickr. Double helix courtesy of Marie Lin.

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