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Soy: Countless applications for food and feed

Every year, the EU imports approximately 40 million tonnes of raw soy. The world’s leading soy producers predominantly grow genetically modified soy cultivars. Soy is not only the basis for numerous ingredients and additives, it also makes up a major part of poultry, swine, and cattle feed.

Glucose syrup, fructose, dextrose: All made from starch

Converting starch to sugar is one of the most economically important areas of biotechnology. It is a central process in the production of a countless number foods. Enzymes are responsible for the breakdown of starch, the vast majority of which are produced by genetically modified microorganisms.

Vitamins, additives, and enzymes – and genetically modified microorganisms

That fact that microorganisms can produce food additives and other useful substances is nothing new. Genetic engineering, however, has opened the door to new possibilites for turning bacteria, yeast, or other fungi into economically viable producers.

More information here: http://www.gmo-compass.org/eng/grocery_shopping/ingredients_additives

In 2007 A SEED made an overview of the available products that contain GMOs in the Netherlands. It is a bit outdated, but it still contains useful information.

On this site you can also find a bit more information about the gm-crops that are grown or allowed on the fields in the Netherlands. Also this text is from 2007.