Fruit’s Label tells – Pesticide, GMO or organic

[Circulated news on the email]

Read the Numbers on Your Fruit

… sticker labels on the fruits actually tell you how the fruits have been grown – whether they were organically grown or conventionally grown with pesticides and herbicides; ..and the genetically engineered fruits.

Conventional Fruit Labels
Four digits and does NOT start with 9
** mostly starting with the digit 4

Organic Fruit Labels
Five digits and starts with number 9

Genetically Modified Fruits
Start with the digit 8

** this is good to know because stores aren’t obligated to tell you if a fruit has been genetically modified

 
… if you come across an apple in the store and it’s labels 4922, it’s an conventional apple grown with herbicides and harmful fertilizers.
… If it has a sticker 99222, it’s organic and safe to eat.
… If it says 89222, then RUN!!!! It has been genetically modified (GMO).
So next time you go shopping, remember these critical numbers and know how to avoid purchasing inorganic and GMO fruits.
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3 thoughts on “Fruit’s Label tells – Pesticide, GMO or organic

  1. It seems like all the produce/fruit PLU info sites now say that any fruit with only a 4-digit PLU has been treated with herbicides and dangerous fertilizers.
    The 4-digit code only means it doesn’t meet the USDA’s organic certification. many farmers can’t afford the time or the expense of the 7-year certification process, so they don’t go through it. However, they don’t use pesticides or dangerous fertilizers any more than I do in my own garden. My own apples could only carry a 4-digit code, but they are clean!
    There is also a classification called “Certified Naturally Grown” that some states (like WA) issue after inspecting the growing processes, the soils, the amendments, etc that a farmer uses. A neighbor of ours has this certification and we buy lots from him, including our starts we plant each year. He says this certification is at least as strenuous as the USDA’s.
    The only way to really know if the 4-digit fruit or vegetable is one you really want to eat is to know your farmer. Shop at local farmer’s markets and ask them. Then verify it with other people.
    Informing ourselves is always better than just excepting someone’s word for it; even on Scopes :-)

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