Right now a good portion of the food in the US super markets is genetically modified. 5-10 years from now, it is believed that 90% of our food will be genetically modified. The biggest source is corn, which is in almost everything that is processed. Cotton, soy, and canola are also believed to be heavily modified. Sadly, more more vegetables are being genetically altered as well.
Most soy, corn, and cotton products are genetically-modified versions. In 2009, 88% of the seeds planted for maize, cotton, and soybean were genetically modified, up 3% from the previous year. If you consider that many Americans consume high quantities of corn and soybean oil, you can see how much of our consumption can be based on genetically modified foods. The graph below displays the increase in consumption of genetically modified foods since 1988.
While most GMO food products in the U.S at this time are plant products that form the basis for our food system, there is new movement on the front of genetically modifying meat animals. As more and more animal genomes have been published, there has been increased interest in the possibilities of modifying these genetic codes. Approval for these the marketing of these genetically changed animals has been stymied, however, by strong consumer backlash. Most recently, GMO salmon was at the forefront of the debate.
As has been said, corn, soy, cotton, and canola (rapeseed) are the foods in the US most likely to have been genetically modified. Many people would like any GMO food to be labeled and are fighting for legislation. See the link below for more information.
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