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Thank you for your question. We believe you are referring to what foods contain GMOs.

 

Our experts have answered similar questions in the past – please see below for a comprehensive overview on this topic which should help address your question.

 

WHAT CROPS ARE GENETICALLY MODIFIED?

While nearly all foods today have been genetically modified or altered in some way over thousands of years through selective breeding, there are only nine commercially available GMO crops in the U.S: soybeans, corn (field and sweet), canola, cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets, summer squash, papaya and potatoes. GMO apples have also been approved to be grown and will be coming to market soon.

 

The chart below explains why each of the nine GMO crops – which are commercially available today – are genetically modified:

 

 
 

Below is a table outlining what year the nine crops became commercially available:

 

Squash 1995

Cotton 1996

Soybean 1995

Corn 1996

Papaya 1997

Alfalfa 2006

Sugar beets 2006

Canola 1999

Potato 2016

 

These nine are the only GMO crops that are commercially available, but it is also important to note that many of these crops are ingredients in other types of food you may find in your local grocery store.

 

GMO ANIMALS:

The GM salmon was recently approved by the FDA and is the first GMO food animal to be approved and commercially available. The salmon was genetically modified for a few reasons including to conserve wild fish populations and provide low impact aquaculture.

 

Read more about this first GMO animal, why and how it was created here.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

See the full Get To Know GMOs presentation on myths and facts about GMOs and how food is modified here.

 

To better understand why GMOs were initially created in agriculture and the evolution of crop modification we encourage you to read more here.

 

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