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What’s the skinny on 10 of the most popular GMO crops and foods?

| | February 1, 2017

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In order to clear up some misunderstandings and outright lies about GMO, here’s a list of 10 examples of genetically modified foods with full explanations. [List includes: Sugar Beets, Corn, Papaya, Squash, Potato, Canola, Tomato, Soybeans, Milk and Rice]

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8. Papaya

Hawaii’s papaya industry was on the brink of annihilation in late the 1990s and early 2000s, with the ringspot virus causing a 50 percent decrease in production. Fortunately, the answer was found in genetically modified papaya resistant to the virus. It saved papaya farmers worldwide.

7. Squash

Genetically modified squash is only planted in the United States. It became commercially available in 1995. The genetic modification included higher virus resistance, mainly Squash mosaic virus, which were destroying as much as 80 percent of the harvest in the United States and Canada.

6. Potato

The potato is one of the most recent additions to the list of genetically modified crops. Its use has been approved by the FDA only in 2015. Designed by J. R. Simplot Company, genetically modified potatoes offer several advantages, like resistance to blackspot bruising and browning, and containing less asparagine. This is significant because asparagine turns into Acrylamide during frying, which is suspected to be cancerogenic.

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