GMO-free news from Canada

27.11.2016 |

Canada: GE Crops and Foods (On the Market)

Four GE crops are widely grown in Canada:

1. canola

2. corn

3. soy

4. sugar beet (white sugar beet for sugar processing)

These four crops end up as processed food ingredients and are also widely used for animal feed. They are genetically engineered to be insect resistant and/or herbicide tolerant. For details on where these GM crops are planted, and how much, see CBAN's report "Where in the world are GM crops and foods?"

Canada could also be importing a small amount of:

5. GE papaya (from Hawaii)

6. GE squash - some varieties of yellow crookneck squash (from the US)

7. GE cottonseed oil

8. milk products from the US made with the use of recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone

Some other genetically engineered crops have been approved and could be sold in stores soon:

9. The GM non-browning apple was approved in 2015 in the US and Canada but is not on the market in Canada in 2016.

10. There is a GM potato that was approved in March 2016 but none were planted in Canada in 2016.

11. Canada has also approved a GM Atlantic salmon. It is not yet in production anywhere in the world.

12. In Canada, some GM alfalfa was sold in 2016 for the first time. This crop is used for animal feed.