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How much of our food in the U.S. is genetically modified?

Submitted by: Grace Sword


Expert response from Community Manager

Moderator for

Tuesday, 06/05/2014 15:42

Currently, eight crops from GM seeds are commercially available in the United States: corn (field and sweet), soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya and squash. It is also worth noting that no commercially available crops in the United States were created by nature alone. Humans, over our history, have altered all of our crops, often for taste or yield or disease resistance. More information about the history of crop modification is available in our Explore the Basics section. You can peruse GMO Answers for many related questions and responses about topics, such as what GM products you might find in your local grocery produce department and when GM crops became commercially available in the U.S. 

If you have additional questions after reading this response, we invite you to ask.