What are the chances I'm eating food made from genetically engineered crops?
Depending on what you eat, the chances could be fairly high that you are eating some genetically engineered (GE) food. About twelve different kinds of GE food crops have been developed for commercialization, but only six of these are currently being grown (corn, soybeans, canola, cotton, squash, and papaya) and have some chance of being part of the food you eat. Even though there are only a few different kinds of GE crops now being grown, it has been estimated that as much as 60 to 70% of the food now in the U.S. marketplace may contain at least a small amount of some ingredient derived from a genetically engineered crop, most commonly corn or soybeans. Since there are no genetically engineered varieties of most kinds of food crops in production, you can be sure those whole foods are not genetically engineered. But knowing exactly which processed foods may have some GE ingredient, or knowing what percentage of those foods might have come from a GE crop is usually difficult.
As GreenGourmet states "I think we can say that people are eating a lot more GMO than they realize." This is a real problem for folks who are eating a Standard American Diet (SAD), eating fast food, and shopping at Harris Teeter, Stop & Shop, Walmart, etc. I agree with truth in label laws. HF-corn syrup is not per say GMO, however, it's made with GMO corn.
The most important aspect of Food Security, is supporting small local farms who are nurturing their land to grow high quality food. Remember folks -Farmers Feed the World!
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