If you are concerned, as I am, about eating any genetically engineered (GE) foods, you are in trouble if you live in the US or Canada. Also called GMOs (genetically modified organisms), the three most prevalent GE crops are in almost every processed food, sometimes all in the same food. These are corn, soy and canola oil (from GE rapeseed).
Even scratch cooks are screwed, we all use cornstarch, for example. Canola, often touted as the best oil to use due to being low in saturated fats, fools most people and how can tofu possibly be bad? Not to mention that especially corn and soy are in countless foods and canola oil is widely used.
You will never know for sure if your corn, soy and canola oil is genetically modified, but you can pretty much bet on it in the US and Canada. The only alternative is do not use processed foods and buy organic fresh corn, soy and canola oil. Or just don’t use canola oil at all, I use olive oil for almost everything. I know canola oil is good for frying, but there are plenty of alternatives.
But, what about meat? Guess what meat animals are fed the most of? Yep, corn and soy. We are only slowly discovering
the unknown unknowns or unintended consequences of GE foods. For example, a study done at the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna reported that GE corn severely retarded fertility in lab mice. Unfortunately, the FDA and USDA do not require rigorous research into the dangers of GE crops, most studies are supported by the biotech firms themselves or financed by them at universities and if you don’t think those are biased, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.