Jun 13, 2016
Nearly 90% of corn and 94% of soybeans grown in the United States are genetically modified to resist weed killers.
There’s a good chance the ice cream you eat is made with genetically modified ingredients!
More than half of the sugar produced in the U.S. comes from sugar beets, most of which are genetically modified to resist herbicides. Some brands, like Ben and Jerry’s and Dreyer’s, have moved away from GMO ingredients, other brands still use them.
Researchers are working on genetically engineered grapes that are more disease-resistant and grow in non-native areas, but so far wine industry groups and consumers have opposed them.
In November 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first genetically modified animal: salmon. Known as AquAdvantage, it’s an Atlantic salmon modified with genetic material from Chinook salmon and ocean pout that grows to market size twice as fast as unmodified Atlantic salmon. It won’t be imported from its Panama-based farms, however, until the FDA finalizes labeling requirements for the fish.
Many baby formula brands offer wholly organic lines of product, many others contain vegetable and soy oil that could be genetically engineered.
Many common condiment brands use GMO ingredients. Mayonnaise is soybean oil-based, while ketchup and barbecue sauce contain sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Even many types of commercially available salsa contain sugar, often derived from sugar beets.