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which gmo foods/ingredients have genes inserted into them that come from pork? i have read that tomatoes and oranges have pig genes in them, is that true? and what other fruits/vegetables/etc have genes from pigs? it does not have to be (although it would be very appreciated) an all inclusive list if that is not possible but at least let me know which ones are for sure. thank you, please respond asap because i have stoped eating many things

Submitted by: Tara Al-Hashimy


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Friday, 25/01/2019 22:03

There are no GMO foods or ingredients that have pork DNA inserted into them.

There was once an experimental tomato that contained a gene from the winter flounder to increase the tomato's resistance to frost, but that tomato was never commercialized. While that tomato did not survive, its legend continues to live on in online search engines. While there are many fake images online featuring fishy tomatoes, there are, in fact, no GMO tomatoes commercially available today.

No commercial GM crops on the market today contain “animal genes.” DNA from any source is made up of the same four basic nucleotide building blocks: adenine (A), cytosine (C), thymine (T) and guanine (G), and it’s estimated that 60 percent of the genes in plants have very similar copies in animals. Although no GM crops on the market today contain “animal genes,” there is nothing inherently unsafe about using fish DNA (or any other animal DNA) in a plant. Learn more about DNA and animal genes here.

In a previous answer, Dr. Ruth MacDonald shared,

“Even if a gene was derived from an animal source, there are thousands of similar genes between plants and animals and therefore no logical reason to be concerned about an animal gene versus a plant gene. All DNA is made of the same basic chemical compounds – there is no unique composition for animal compared to plant DNA.”

We hope this information answers your question. If you have any further questions, please ask.