Not many consumers realize that the FDA does not require genetically modifiedfood to be labeled.
That’s because the FDA has decided that you, dear consumer, don’t care if the tomato you’re eating has been cross bred with frog genes to render the tomato more resistant to cold weather.
Some consumers may not be concerned with eating Frankenfood, but for those who are, here’s how to determine if the fruits and vegetables you’re buying are (GM) genetically modified.
Hat tip to Marion Owen for her valuable information. Here’s how it works:
For conventionally grown fruit, (grown with chemicals inputs), the PLU codeon the sticker consists of four numbers. Organically grown fruit has a five-numeral PLU prefaced by the number 9.
Genetically engineered (GM) fruit has a five-numeral PLU prefaced by the number 8.
A conventionally grown banana would be: 4011
An organic banana would be: 94011
A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) banana would be: 84011
These tips are specially important now that over 80% of all processed foods in the US are genetically modified.
Many countries in the European Union have beenbanning GM products and produce (including Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary and Luxembourg).
We say “Eat healthy, buy or grow organic”.
Please change this article:
http://www.kipnews.org/2011/07/14/how-to-i-d-genetically-modified-food-at-the-supermarket/, no one puts an 8on their PLU codes:
Please change this article because its gone viral on facebook and its not true. Here are the articles that talk about thiswidespread myth:
Here’s what Jeffery Smith has to say about them: “Let’s put a rumor to rest. No, the 5-digit PLU codes on produce donot tell you what is genetically modified or natural. This urban legend has circulated long enough, even on the best ofwebsites. It’s time to take it down.” Read More: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/blog/24
Please change this article.
You can add that California is working hard on a grassroots movement to make GMO Labeling Law!
Check out our events all over Ca: