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The Rise of GM Foods

Last year, I wrote what's become a popular feature about identifying genetically modified (GM) foods. Unfortunately, a new study by Rutgers University of 1,200 Americans shows people are still as clueless about them.

Although some 75 percent of U.S. processed foods (including boxed cereals, other grain products, frozen dinners, cooking oils) contain GM ingredients, according to the Grocery Manufacturers of America, the public is generally unaware of its presence. I suspect that's because such foods are aren't labeled. What's more, nearly every product with a corn or soy ingredient, and some containing canola or cottonseed oil, has a GM element, the association says.

That's surprising, considering this country is the largest producer of GM products. By the numbers:

  • Soy = 80 percent
  • Cotton = 75 percent
  • Corn = 40 percent

Global plantings of biotech crops (mostly corn and soybeans largely used for animal feed) grew to about 200 million acres last year, about two-thirds of it in this country.

Because there's no telling what effects these GM foods will have on your body, I believe it would be wise to try to avoid them at all costs. Here are some easy ways to do just that:

Food Policy Institute Free full-text article

Yahoo News March 24, 2005

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