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What Foods are GM and How common are they?

In Australia so far, only two GM crops are grown commercially, and these are Canola and Cottonseed.

There have also been study trials of GM wheat, but it has not been approved for commerical release. Australia may become the first country to grow GM wheat.

In America, where a large amount of Australia's imported processed food and animal feed comes from, they have

  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Canola
  • Sugar Beets
  • Alfalfa
  • Hawaiian Papaya
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Crookneck Squash

In China there are reports of GM:

  • garlic
  • tomatoes
  • capsicum
  • papaya
  • rice - this has not been commercialised but Europe is rejecting rice products that tested postive for GM contamination

Papaya from Thailand have also tested positive to GM. " would appear that GM seeds for and EU banned variety of papaya have been illegally distributed to farmers across Thailand".

Around the world, five countries produce 90% of the world’s genetically engineered crops: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India and the United States.

There are no 'GM Animals' however most animals in Australia, and other countries where livestock is farmed on a large scale, are fed GM cereal crops.

A genetically engineered pig was trialled and failed in canada and an Atlantic GM Salmon is currently being trialed in the US. If approved it will be the first GM animal released commercially.

If you want to know more, including how to avoid GM go to the Shop GM FREE page.