Welcome to the GMOs 2.0 Ingredients Database! (Beta)

How do I use this database?  

  • If you want to know if a specific ingredient, compound, or product is produced using GMO 2.0 techniques, you can search for that item under search full database or Ingredient name

  • You can also search by current market status and category using the drop down menus – to find a list of all GMO 2.0 ingredients used in cosmetics currently on the market, for example. 

  • You can also view a list of companies manufacturing GMO 2.0 ingredients, a full list of GMO 2.0 ingredients, and do an advanced search using the menu at the top of the page.

What are GMOs 2.0? It has been more than 25 years since the first ‘genetically modified organisms’ (GMOs) appeared in the food we eat. Today, a next generation of GMOs have emerged, created through more advanced techniques, referred to as synthetic biology (syn bio) or GMO 2.0. Synthetic biologists employ techniques that allow them to more significantly redesign the genetic makeup of living organisms through constructing, adding, deleting, silencing, or completely rewriting DNA and other genetic elements. They include (but are not limited to) DNA synthesis, genome editing, RNA interference, directed evolution and metabolic engineering. GMO 2.0 ingredients are found in food, feed, cosmetics, fragrances, supplements and more.

What is this database? This is a searchable database of GMO 2.0 ingredients. It includes ingredients that are already on the market, that are close to the market, or that are under development. The information here was compiled through six months of research, and will be updated as new ingredients or information emerges.

Why is this database important? Public opposition to GMO 2.0 is growing. However, the industries using GMO 2.0 are very opaque and it is difficult to determine where GMO 2.0 ingredients are found. This database was developed as an educational resource for consumers, policy-makers and manufacturers of consumer products to shed light on how widely synthetic biology techniques are being used to make everyday ingredients.