7 most common transgenic foods

Being a staple food, cows are often injected with hormones to produce more milk. This practice is prohibited in the European Union

In reality, much of what we eat on a daily basis comes from genetically modified organisms.

Whether these foods are healthy or not is still up for debate, but …  Do you know what are the 7 most common GMO foods?


Until 2018 it was not necessary to label foods as genetically modified in the U.S.  However, there are restrictions and even outright prohibitions in many other countries.

1) Corn

Almost 85 percent of corn grown in the US is genetically engineered. Many growers modify corn to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, used against weeds.

2) Soy

Soy is the most genetically modified food in the United States.

In fact, the largest American producer of hybrid seeds, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, created a genetically modified soybean approved in 2010. It was modified to have a high level of oleic acid (found in olive oil). This monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid can lower LDL “bad” cholesterol.

3) Pumpkin and zucchini

The production of these genetically modified products is relatively small. However, they can be found in the US

They contain protein genes that protect them against viruses.

4) Alfalfa

The cultivation of transgenic alfalfa was approved in 2011.

It consists of a gene that makes it resistant to the Roundup herbicide. In this way, farmers can spray the chemical without damaging alfalfa.

5) Canola

The canola is genetically modified since its adoption in 1996 and, since 2006, about 90 percent of canola crops in the US are genetically modified.

6) Sugar beet

USA It approved GMO sugar beets in 2005, banned it in 2010, and then approved it again in 2012.

Genetically modified sugar beets make up half of all sugar production in the US It is also 95 percent of the country”s sugar beet market.

7) Milk

To increase the amount of milk they produce, cows are supplied with RBGH (recombination bovine growth hormone).

This hormone is banned in the European Union, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia.

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