October 1, 2016
What GM Foods are on the Market?
Four GM crops are grown in Canada and are currently on the market as food: corn, soy, canola and white sugar beet (for sugar processing). These are widely used as ingredients in processed foods and as animal feed in meat and dairy production. There is also small amount of GM sweet corn but there is no GM popcorn. GM apples, potatoes and salmon could soon be sold as food (a small amount of GM apples and GM potatoes could be sold in the summer and fall of 2016) but are not yet on the market.
Also, GM cotton (cottonseed oil) and some papaya and a few types of squash are grown in the U.S. and can be imported into Canada.
- GM Apples: A GM non-browning apple was approved in Canada and the US in 2015 but it is not yet on the market.
- GM Potatoes: Monsanto took GM potatoes off the market in 2001 because of consumer rejection but Health Canada has just approved a new GM potato in 2016 and some could hit the market in the summer of 2016.
X GM Salmon: A GM Atlantic salmon was approved in May 2016 in Canada but it is not likely to be sold as food until 2017 at the earliest.
X GM Tomatoes: There are NO GM tomatoes on the market anywhere in the world.
X 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.
For more information see CBAN's GMO Inquiry report "Are GM Foods Better for Consumers?"