This days everybody is concerned about what are we eating, what we use, it’s healthy or not. From food to cleaning supplies, we all try to live a normal, safe life. We now, look for more “organic” even if it’s more expensive.When you get to the register and they start scanning all those bar codes, your bill goes up and up and most of the time you wonder: “what did I bought ?”. That little sticker that’s on all your fruits and vegetables, tells you more then the price.
Dr. Frank Lipman gives us an very important information about those 4 or 5 numbers.
“If there are only four numbers in the PLU, this means that the produce was grown conventionally or “traditionally” with the use of pesticides. The last four letters of the PLU code are simply what kind of vegetable or fruit. An example is that all bananas are labeled with the code of 4011.
If there are five numbers in the PLU code, and the number starts with “8”, this tells you that the item is a genetically modified fruit or vegetable. Genetically modified fruits and vegetables trump being organic. So, it is impossible to eat organic produce that are grown from genetically modified seeds. A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) banana would be: 84011
If there are five numbers in the PLU code, and the number starts with “9”, this tells you that the produce was grown organically and is not genetically modified. An organic banana would be: 94011”