Corn, Soy, Sugar Beet: About 90 percent of the corn and 93 percent of the soybeans grown in the U.S. are genetically modified. As for sugar, more than half of what we produce comes from sugar beets, not sugarcane. Like corn and soy, nearly all of the sugar beets (not to be confused with table beets) we produce come from genetically modified seeds—a whopping 95 percent. Corn and soybeans are used to feed livestock, but they also end up on store shelves in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, soy proteins, and tofu. It’s safe to assume that vegetable oils, including canola oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, and corn oil are genetically engineered. With sugar, unless the label says “pure cane,” chances are it is genetically modified.
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