What are genetically engineered foods?

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Genetically engineered foods are created by adding foreign genetic material (DNA) to a plant or animal in combinations that cannot occur in nature.

These plants or animals sometimes are called genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

Virtually all genetically engineered seeds and crops are designed to tolerate — or produce — pesticides. There are no genetically engineered foods on the market providing improved flavor or nutrition.

Essentially all genetically engineered seeds on the market today contain foreign viral or antibiotic DNA, and often both.

Genetically engineered crops

There are four genetically engineered fresh produce items that may appear in grocery stores — one fruit and three vegetables. Note: PCC does not allow any of them.

Processed food ingredients

Look out for these ingredients, which are likely to be genetically engineered if not declared non-GMO.

Genetically engineered animals

The first engineered animal for human consumption is being recommended for approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

More about: GE fish, GE foods, GE salmon

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