What GM Foods are on the Canadian Market?

GM-Food-Chart-2012_largeBased on CBAN, four GM crops are grown in Canada: corn, soy, canola and white sugar beet (for sugar processing). These are widely used as ingredients in processed foods. There is also now some GM sweet corn grown in Ontario and more could be grown in the future.

  • GM papaya, cotton and some types of squash are grown in the U.S. and can be imported, mostly as processed food ingredients.
  • GM Tomatoes: There are no GM tomatoes on the market anywhere in the world.
  • GM Potatoes: Monsanto took GM potatoes off the market because of consumer rejection.
  • GM Wheat: In 2004, Monsanto withdrew its request for approval of GM wheat in Canada and the US because of consumer and farmer protest. Monsanto has relaunched its GM wheat research.
  • Most of the GM corn grown in Canada is hard corn used for animal feed or processed food ingredients. There is no GM popcorn on the market. There are a few varieties of GM sweetcorn now being sold in Canada.

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