The nine genetically modified crops available today: sweet and field corn, soybeans, cotton, canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, papaya, potatoes, and squash. GM apples have been approved and will be commercially available in Fall 2017.
Below is a list outlining the year in which the nine crops that are currently commercially available were launched:
- Squash, 1995
- Cotton, 1996
- Soybean, 1995
- Corn, 1996
- Papaya, 1997
- Alfalfa, 2006
- Sugar beets, 2006
- Canola, 1999
- Potato, 2016
- Apples, to be released in Fall 2017
The list below identifies the genetic traits expressed and uses of the 10 GMO crops approved in the U.S.
These 10 crops are the only GMOs that are approved in the U.S. Many of these crops are used as processed ingredients, like sugar or cornstarch, in food products you may find in your local grocery store. Only some varieties of papaya, potatoes, squash and sweet corn may be available in your store’s produce aisle.
You can find out more about GMOs in the Grocery Store here.