16 genetically modified foods that are critical to the US food supply

“Genetically modified” (GM) can technically refer to the majority of fruits and vegetables found in supermarkets today.

Humans have been genetically modifying plants since we first started domesticating and breeding them to look and taste the way we wanted them to. By combining plants with desirable traits, we have altered their DNA over millennia in a so-called “natural” fashion.

But when people refer to genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, they typically mean those which scientists have deliberately altered the genome using scientific DNA modifying techniques in a lab.

Here are all of the GM crops that can be grown, sold and consumed in the US today.



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