Have you ever heard of a PLU code? It can tell you if your Fruits and Veggies are grown conventionally, organic or genetically modified aka GMO

Posted on 17. Jun, 2013 in Genetically Modified Food info

Have you ever heard of a PLU code? It can tell you if you’re Fruits and Veggies are grown conventionally, organic or genetically modified aka GMO… 

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Have you ever wondered why those annoying stickers are put on your fruits and Veggies?  Well the obvious reason is that it looks up the price for the checkout person but those stickers also tell you how the fruit or veggie was grown.  By reading the PLU Code, you can tell if your fruits or veggies were organically grown, genetically modified or grown conventionally with chemical fertilizers, fungicides or herbicides.

So what do those numbers mean?

1.  If there are only four numbers used in the code, this means it was grown conventionally with the use of pesticides.  These last 4 numbers identifies what kind of fruit or vegetable it is.  A banana will be codded with 4011 for instance.

2.  If there are five numbers used in the code, and the number starts with an 8, then it is a genetically modified fruit or vegetable.  So a genetically modified banana would be coded as 84011

3.  If there are five numbers used in the code, and the number starts with a 9, then it was grown organically and is not genetically modified.  So an organic banana would be coded as 94011 …. note: all organic produce is GMO free!

If you are worried about the adhesive used on the stickers don’t worry it is considered food-grade but don’t eat the stickers they are not food-grade…lol

If you want a list of the most pesticide contaminated fruits and veggies Google “dirty dozen”  and the least amount of pesticides used Google “Clean 15” and you will find lots of info on pesticides used on fruits and veggies…

So now that you know what a PLU code is you can tell if you’re Fruits and Veggies are grown conventionally, organic or  genetically modified aka GMO…   Please ask your produce manager to stock more organic fruits and veggies and don’t be afraid to ask how a particular fruit or veggie was grown that is not labeled!  We have a right to know

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