38 Genetically engineered ingredients in our food

Over the past decade four large multinational corporations -Monsanto, Aventis, Syngenta, Dow Agro Sciences, have been quietly applying for approval to add more and more genetically engineered ingredients into our food.

These five corporations have been given the green light to bring into New Zealand an astonishing 38 genetically engineered ingredients–genetically engineered canola, corn, soybeans, cotton, potato, rice, sugarbeet and lucerne. See the complete list here.

8 more applications for more genetically engineered foods –namely corn, cotton and soybean–are in the pipeline, and will no doubt be rubber stamped by Food Standards Australia New Zealand –the food regulatory body where New Zealand has only one vote out of ten.

Note that these five corporations are amongst the most powerful in the world, and dominate the global food market.

Monsanto owns the patent on 21 of the 38 genetically engineered foods that are used in New Zealand;

All of these 38 genetically engineered foods end up as ingredients in our food, and almost none of them have to be declared on a label- thanks to our Claytons labelling laws.

So the only way to avoid consuming genetically engineered ingredients is to only eat fresh, not processed food, or to only buy food from companies that have committed to avoiding using genetically engineered ingredients.

6 Comments Posted

  1. Trevor29 , cotton was a food ever since Milo Mindbender started selling chocolate covered balls of Egyptian cotton in Catch 22. These days, of course, they feed us on tallow-and-corn-fed bullshit.

  2. Now I am confused. Since when was cotton a food? Also Sue lists four corporations and then talks about these five corporations.


    I do support better food labelling though.


  3. Having just checked my hardcopy (recycled paper) version of the Greenpeace-distributed True-food guide 2009, there’s a website address that still works;


    This guide was produced after GE canola became approved by the FSANZ in 2008, with GE Canola being grown in NSW and Victoria; and the website offers a new edition for 2010.

  4. Something wierd has broken in the DNS covering that site, so the site is unreachable, even though it is probably up.

    I’m in the middle of a long reading project, triggered by one of Sue’s earlier posts, so that I can complain intelligently about LY038 maize. Does anyone have a copy of the European Food Safety request to Monsanto for more information?

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