There are too many things being said in the news and online about GMOs. Biotechnology.

Hybrids. Food. Consumers have questions about these.

How long have GMOs been on the market?


It is important to note that only eight crops are currently available as GM varieties in the United States: alfalfa, canola, cotton, corn, papaya, soybean, some squash and sugar beets. Also, people sometimes reference GM wheat, but there is no GM wheat in production in the United States. Here is a table outlining what year these crops became available commercially:

Squash Upjohn (now Seminis) 1995
Cotton Monsanto 1996
Soybean Monsanto 1995
Corn Ciba Seeds 1996
Papaya Cornell University/University of Hawaii 1997
Alfalfa Monsanto and Forage Genetics 2006
Sugar beets Monsanto and KWS SAAT AG 2006
Canola Monsanto 1999
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 This soup is super simple to prepare to either eat right away, or freeze for later. After you brown the hamburger and cut the onion, split the ingredients.

Taco Soup (1)

And Mix…

Taco Soup (2)


Divide into two, pre-labeled freezer bags.

Taco Soup (3)

And freeze!

Taco Soup (4) (1)


Taco Soup {Freezer Meal}


2 lbs ground beef, browned

2 cans crushed tomatoes

2 cans green chilies

1 16 oz package frozen corn

2 cans black beans

2 cans kidney beans

1 large onion, chopped

Taco season packet (or mix cumin, chili powder, s/p & garlic)

2 gallon-sized freezer bags


1. Prepare freezer bags by labeling title and directions.
2. Brown ground beef, let cool. Divide into two portions and split among freezer bags.
3. Split remaining ingredients evenly in each freezer bag.
4. Seal bags with no air, lay flat to freeze.
To prepare:
1. Thaw.
2. Add one cup of water.
3. Cook in slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours.
4. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream and cheese.


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