Expert response from Stacey Krawczyk
Friday, 02/08/2019 22:15
Linda Boccuzzo from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets reports, “Of the 10 GMO crops, only 3 are reported grown in Vermont last year: corn (silage), soybean and alfalfa for forage. Corn silage is the highest at approximately 80,000 - 90,000 acres; soybean and alfalfa substantially less/limited.”
It is very difficult to quantify the exact amount of bioengineered ingredients in the food supply, especially relative to one state because we have a local to global food marketplace. There are 10 crops commercially available from GMO seeds in the US: apple, potato, corn (field and sweet), canola, alfalfa, soybean, rainbow papaya, cotton, sugar beet, and summer squash. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) estimates that more than 70% of the processed foods purchased in the supermarket contain ingredients improved through biotechnology; oil and meal from soybeans, corn and cotton seeds.