Wednesday, August 19, 2009

How to Read a Produce Stickers: Organic, Conventionally Grown and GM'ed

Produce stickers and labels hold a lot more information than simply the cute name or slogan of a fruit of veggie. By reading the sticker number, you can actually confirm if the piece of produce you hold in your hand is organic, not organic and/or genetically modified


Notice that the labels on fruits and veggies will have a 4 or 5 digit code.

• If your produce has 4 digits, it means that it was "conventionally grown, but not organic". 

• If it has 5 digits, and begins with a 9, it means that the produce was organically grown.

• A 5 digit code that begins with an 8 indicates that the produce was genetically modified.

For example, the kiwi in the photo above has a code "4030"
So, this kiwi is not organic, but conventionally grown. It is NOTgenetically modified.

The same is true for the melon with the number: "4317"

If an apple sticker said "96584" it would have been grown organically. An apple with "86584" would be genetically altered.


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