Genetically engineered crops

There are four genetically engineered fresh produce items that may appear in grocery stores — one fruit and three vegetables.

genetically modified corn
  • sweet corn
  • zucchini
  • yellow crookneck squash
  • papaya from most parts of Hawaii

Additional crops used to make corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, granulated sugar, canola or soy oil, and minor processing ingredients also are genetically engineered:

  • corn, for syrups and fructose, and for minor ingredients
  • sugar beets, for sugar and livestock feed
  • soy, for minor ingredients
  • canola, for oil
  • cotton, for cottonseed oil and livestock feed

Visit our list of minor ingredients likely to be made from genetically engineered corn or soy.

In development

Many more genetically engineered foods are in development. There are hundreds of open-air experiments underway across the country.

In Washington state, there are dozens of experiments for more genetically engineered crops — including wheat, apples, pears, potatoes, barley, safflower, mint, alder and poplar trees.

To see the list of trials and their status in Washington state, following these instructions.

More about: GE crops, GE foods

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