Something that has been bothering me in the past is that you can no longer determine if a fruit or vegetable is genetically modified when shopping in the grocery store. Remember when the tomatoes still had a GMO sticker on it? Well obviously that stuff wasn’t selling because now GMO food doesn’t need to be labeled anymore. Nice! And you thought you are buying wholesome produce whose genetic code hasn’t been messed with.
Well  here is a way to identify conventional, organic and GMO food by just looking at the PLU code: (Please note that just because a product is labeled organic, doesn’t mean it wasn’t genetically engineered!)

· A conventionally grown product carries a 4-digit PLU code (Ex: conventionally grown banana: 4011)
· An organic product carries a 5-digit code, starting with the number 9: (Ex: organic banana: 94011)
· A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) product has a 5-digit code, starting with the number 8: (Ex: GE banana: 84011)
All you have to remember: If it starts with an “8” it’s man-made! (and not nature-made) So start reading those PLU labels!


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