GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are foods that have been created through crossbreeding, mutagenesis or genetic engineering. In the past 20 years GMO’s have made their way into many of the food on our shelves, here’s a list of top foods you may not know commonly contain GMOs!
- Crackers: Most processed foods are made with sugar. Most sugar beets used in food processing are genetically modified.
- Hummus: Most recipes for hummus call for the use of canola oil. Almost all canola is genetically modified.
- Ice Cream: High fructose corn syrup is derived from corn, which is a predominantly genetically modified crop in Canada. It is present in many ice creams, soda pop, cereal bars and other processed foods.
- Peanut Butter: Cottonseed oil, from cotton, is commonly used in processed foods, such as peanut butter. The majority of cotton grown today is genetically modified.
- Popcorn: Both the kernels (corn) and the oil (canola) used to make popcorn are common genetically modified crops.
- Sugar Candy: Almost all of the sugar beets grown in Canada for sugar production are genetically modified.
- Tofu: Half of the genetically engineered food is soy. To avoid genetically modified soy, look for Non-GMO Project Verified logos on tofu.
- Zucchini: Yellow straightneck, yellow crookneck and green zucchini squash imported from the U.S. could be genetically modified.
The Non-GMO Project
The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to building and protecting a non-GMO food supply. The ‘Non-GMO Project Verified’ butterfly logo on products can help you avoid GMOs. If a product doesn’t contain this logo, it can still be non-GMO, it just hasn’t been verified by the Non-GMO project.
In May, the federal government rejected a bill that would require labeling of GMOs in Canada. The arguments were a lack of proof GMOs pose a risk to human health, although Algeria, Madagascar, Peru, Russia and Venezuela are among countries that have banned cultivation and import of GMOs.
For now, you can find non-GMO containing foods on store shelves by looking for those with a NON-GMO label.