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N Thomas
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Hi everybody,
I have under the impression that no GMO bananas are sold in the US. I base this on a personal search of the FDA, USDA, & EPA websites. I then found the following quote on this website: "Also majority of bananas in the US are genetically modified. See http://seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-foods/top-20-genetically-modified-foods/. Is this statement accurate? If so, where could I see more detailed information. I hate to think I've been unknowingly eating GMO food.
(Sorry if this isnt the best forum for posting).
 
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That top 20 list is confusing. They say tomatoes are GM but then provide a link to a website saying they are not. Bananas definitely are not... not yet.

According to nongmoproject:

High-Risk Crops (in commercial production; ingredients derived from these must be tested every time prior to use in Non-GMO Project Verified products (as of December 2011):

Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

Appendix B of the Non-GMO Project Standard lists a number of high-risk inputs, including those derived from GMO microorganisms, the above crops, and animal and bee products due to feed or forage containing these crops or their derivatives.

Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops
Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products.

Monitored Crops (those for which suspected or known incidents of contamination have occurred, and those crops which have genetically modified relatives in commercial production with which cross-pollination is possible; we test these crops as needed to assess risk and move them to the “high-risk” category if we see significant risk of GMO contamination):

Beta vulgaris (e.g., chard, table beets)
Brassica napa (e.g., rutabaga, Siberian kale)
Brassica rapa (e.g., bok choy, mizuna, Chinese cabbage, turnip, rapini, tatsoi)
Cucurbita (acorn squash, delicata squash, patty pan)
Flax
Rice
Wheat
Potato

You may also be wondering about…

Tomatoes: In 1994, genetically modified Flavr Savr tomatoes became the first commercially produced GMOs. They were brought out of production just a few years later, in 1997, due to problems with flavor and ability to hold up in shipping. There are no genetically engineered tomatoes in commercial production, and tomatoes are considered “low-risk” by the Non-GMO Project Standard.
Potatoes: The Simplot White Russet™ potato recently acquired USDA and FDA approval and went into commercial production. In August 2015, the Non-GMO Project added the potato to our Monitored Crop list. As a genetically modified organism, the Simplot potato is not allowed in any form in a Non-GMO Project Verified product. Genetically modified NewLeaf potatoes were introduced by Monsanto in 1996. Due to consumer rejection by several fast-food chains and chip makers, the product was never successful and was discontinued in the spring of 2001.
Salmon: On November 19th, 2015 the FDA approved genetically modified AquAdvantage salmon as safe for human consumption. Two months later, the FDA banned the fish after being instructed by Congress to forbid the sale of GMO salmon until the agency finalizes rules about how it should be labeled. Read our salmon blog here.
Pigs: A genetically engineered variety of pig, called Enviropig was developed by scientists at the University of Guelph, with research starting in 1995 and government approval sought beginning in 2009. In 2012 the University announced an end to the Enviropig program, and the pigs themselves were euthanized in June 2012.
 
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