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10-02-09, 12:38 PM
The genetic dozen

Below are 12 genetically modified plants grown for human consumption in the United States. All have completely or partially passed regulations established by the FDA, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) (http://www.usda.gov/agencies/biotech/laws.html), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/biotech/). The USDA ensures that the plants are actually safe to grow and the EPA makes sure that any pesticides introduced to the plants don’t harm animals, humans, or the environment. Finally, the FDA decides whether the plant is safe for humans and animals to consume.[1] (http://www.greenyour.com/lifestyle/food-drink/vegetables/tips/buy-gmo-free-produce#footnote1)
Genetic traits implanted in crops include virus, herbicide, and insect resistance, delayed ripening, pollen control, and altered oil content.[3] (http://www.greenyour.com/lifestyle/food-drink/vegetables/tips/buy-gmo-free-produce#footnote3) The most ubiquitous GMOs are crop plants—soybeans, for example—grown as ingredients for other food products and not consumed whole. GM fruits and vegetables that can be eaten whole, such as papaya, are either currently not grown/marketed, or sold in limited markets.

Corn: GM corn ingredients are found in most processed foods since growers do not separate GM corn from non-GM corn. In 2003, about 40 percent of the corn supply was genetically modified. Only 3-5 percent of sweet corn, sold by the ear, has been altered. Consuming GM popcorn and canned sweet corn is highly unlikely.
Cotton: Although cotton is primarily used by the textile industry, cottonseed oil can be found in various food products. In 2002, 71 percent of the cotton crop was bioengineered.
Flax: Although, domestic approval to grow GM flax was granted in 1998, the only field of GM flax was voluntarily destroyed and has not been regrown since.
Papaya: 50 percent of Hawaii’s papaya output is GM. Since most papayas in the US are imported from Mexico, Brazil, and the Caribbean (and aren't GM), those living in Hawaii and the West Coast are most likely to encounter hybrid papayas.
Potato: GM potatoes have not been grown since 2001 due to weak sales. When they were actively sold, they only represented 2 to 3 percent of the American potato market.
Radicchio: GM radicchio plants were approved in 1997 but withdrawn by the developer in 1999 and never marketed.
Rapeseed: Canola oil is extracted from rapeseed. Most canola oil is imported from Canada where around 60 percent of the rapeseed crop is bioengineered.
Rice: The FDA approved herbicide-tolerant rice in 2000. EPA approval is pending.
Soybeans: Consumers are highly likely to consume GM soybean-based foods. Tofu or soy milk for example, usually contains GMOs, unless it is organic. An estimated 81 percent of 2003’s soybean crop was genetically modified to be herbicide-tolerant.
Squash/zucchini: Both are readily available in GM varieties but only a small number of farmers grow them.
Sugarbeets: Although bioengineered sugarbeets have undergone design and approval stages they have yet to be planted for commercial purposes.
Tomato: Several varieties of GM tomatoes have been given the green light but only one has appeared in American grocery stores—FlavrSavr, a failure that survived for two years in limited markets.[4] (http://www.greenyour.com/lifestyle/food-drink/vegetables/tips/buy-gmo-free-produce#footnote4)Go here for more complete information:


10-03-09, 08:25 AM
Not sure why this says approval of rice is pending as contamination of even organic rice crops by GMO is a major problem in the US. Also, many of the mini-watermelons are GMO.

10-03-09, 10:07 AM
I thought that info would be useful but the page was not dated, IIRC.

Yup, I do think I've read about rice contamination...had to come from somewhere. But in produce, I'm more worried about pesticides and other chemicals.