Finding an updated list of GMO foods was harder than I thought. The list is likely becoming so long it seems fruitless to try and keep up. While our best hope is growing our own food, or shopping from farmers personally known to value organic foods, there are some things we each can do to ensure a healthier food supply for ourselves and our families.
Let your representatives know you want GMO foods labeled, and preferably, banned. Request more organic foods and fewer GMO foods from your own grocery store.
To the best of your ability, do not buy GMO foods. Choose organic options, cook different foods when your usual choices are not available non-GMO, and support organizations fighting to protect our rights to clean, healthy, non-modified food and animal feed (if they eat it and you eat them, what happens to the modified DNA? That’s right. Yum yum.)
Here is the most recent and comprehensive list I could find, on DisabledWorld.com. The info was dated between 2009-2015, but I can bet if the food was GMO then, it still is. Use this list as a guide, and monitor the Non-GMO Project site for new information.
Modified for 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.
Stick to your local farmer here, and find out where her honeybees forage. It 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.
Modified to become resistant to certain pesticides – it’s considered a food because the oil can be consumed.
Genetically modified to contain high amounts of Vitamin A. In the US, rice containing human genes intended to make human proteins useful for treating infant diarrhoea in the developing world.
However, GMO sweet corn not allowed in human food has still ended up comprising 50% of food corn grown in the US according to Monsanto.
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. Always buy certified organic soy products.
What? I thought my sugar from sugar cane was the last bastian of non-GMO sweets? We might still be safe:
Sugar cane is modified to become resistant to certain pesticides. While a large percentage of sweeteners used in processed food actually comes from corn, not sugar cane or beets, many cooks use sugar cane as a “safe” alternative to sugar from beets or corn. High point? Genetically modified sugar cane is regarded so badly by consumers at the present time that it could not be marketed successfully. Let’s keep an eye on this one.
This is why store-bought tomatoes have no flavor. They are modified for a longer shelf life and to prevent a substance that causes tomatoes to rot and degrade.
Modified for resistant to certain pesticides, leading farmers to literally douse crops with same pesticides, go figure. Corn is in corn oil, flour, sugar or syrup. Like soy, corn is frequently in snack foods, baked goods, fried foods, edible oil products, confectionery, special purpose foods, and soft drinks.
Sweet corn is genetically modified to produces its own insecticide. Officials from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have said that thousands of tons 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 Oil – also called Rapeseed Oil
May include edible oil products, fried foods, and baked products, snack foods.
(Varieties including Atlantic, Russett Burbank, Russet Norkatah, and Shepody are typically gentically modified. Potatoes are in snack foods, processed potato products and other processed foods containing potatoes.
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.
Zucchini and Yellow Crooked Neck Squash
Includes cottonseed oil and linters. Products may include blended vegetable oils, fried foods, baked foods, snack foods, edible oil products, and small goods 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 nicotine.
Non-organic 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.
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.
May include any processed foods containing sugar.
About 22 percent of cows in the U.S. are injected with recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH). Non-organically fed cows are fed GMO corn and other modified grains or alfalfa.
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.