What Foods are Genetically Modified?

Lasted edited on May 15, 2015.
Originally posted on November 13, 2014.

There is conversation aplenty about GMOs. In fact, there is so much talk of GMOs and GM foods that you may find it surprising to know there are currently only eight genetically modified crops commercially available in the United States. Three more have been approved but are not yet available in the market. Keep reading after the infographic to learn more about each GM crop.



Corn (field & sweet)
The GM version of field corn protects the crop against corn rootworms and the Asian corn borer. Like GM field corn, GM sweet corn also protects the crop against destructive pests.

The GM soybean plant is resistant to pests and disease as well as being tolerant of herbicides that are most effective, allowing for less herbicide use overall.

GM cotton requires fewer pesticides and protects against the cotton bollworm.

Canola has been modified through biotechnology to make it tolerant to some herbicides. This allows for a reduced amount of chemicals needed for weed control. The modified plant also has resistance to pests and fungus.

The GM version of alfalfa is tolerant of some herbicides, allowing for a reduced amount of chemicals needed for weed control.

Sugar Beets
The GM sugar beet has increased tolerance to some herbicides, allowing for a reduced amount of chemicals needed for weed control. GM sugar beets also have virus and pest resistance traits.

The GM version of papaya makes the plant resistant to the prevalent Papaya Ringspot Virus.

GM squash has traits that improve the plant’s defense against viruses.

Arctic Apple
Developed by Okanagan Specialy Fruits of British Columbia, Canada, this new fruit was developed by turning off the enzyme in apples that cause them to brown when cut, bruised or bitten.

Innate Potato
This new potato that resists browning and has fewer unsightly wasteful bruises has been approved by the USDA for commercial planting.

Aquabounty Salmon
This new salmon is genetically engineered to reach market size more quickly than non-GE farm-raised Atlantic salmon.

Arctic apples, Innate potatoes and Aquabounty Salmon have all been approved but are not yet available to consumers.

Want to learn more about GMOs from the experts? Try these posts:

What does a GMO look like?

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  • Christopher Dresbach

    This is a limited article that does not mention the dangers of using Roundup, herbicides in any quantities, and pesticides in any quantities at all. The FDA processes are not as extensive as they would have us to believe and they do their best to keep the public from knowing.

    • Hi Christopher,

      This post is to share what foods on the market today have been genetically modified. We have several other posts on the site that go into more details on different aspects of GMOs and genetic modification. Here are a few:

      Are We Being Poisoned By Glyphosate? https://www.bestfoodfacts.org/is-glyphosate-poison/
      Frequently Asked Questions – GMO https://www.bestfoodfacts.org/faqsgmos/
      GMOs – What to Know https://www.bestfoodfacts.org/gmos-what-to-know/

      If you still have unanswered questions, please let us know and we would be glad to reach out to an expert for an answer! https://www.bestfoodfacts.org/ask-a-question/

    • Der Bengel

      That’s because, Christopher, if you haven’t been following the trends around here, they are trying to convince everyone to jump onto the GMO bandwagon. Keep them ignorant and sing a good song with a nice smile, and you can draw them by the millions.

      • At Best Food Facts, we encourage everyone to make the good choices that are right for them. We provide information from experts to give you the facts you need to make those decisions.

  • Christopher Dresbach
  • John

    As a plant scientist and a consumer, I am perplexed by labels that tout “Non-GMO”, when not a single ingredient in the product could have been derived from a transgenic version of the food crop. It seems to be more of a marketing ploy to imply some undescribed advantage. It seems to also be fraudulent. Are there any laws governing false labeling ?

  • Der Bengel

    What do you mean…ONLY 8??? That is 8 too many bud!