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.

For example:

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”.

source; http://truthisscary.com/?p=20396

note from Tarah Locke www.labelgmos.org/events

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:
http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_20292.cfm
http://www.examiner.com/green-culture-in-mankato/the-myth-of-plu-codes-and-gmo-foods
http://www.examiner.com/green-culture-in-mankato/the-myth-of-plu-codes-and-gmo-foods
http://www.foodrenegade.com/plu-codes-dont-indicate-gmo-produce/

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:
http://www.labelgmos.org/events

  1. jcvillar says:

    Alas, ALL food is genetically modified. It’s called Evolution.

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  3. flybd5 says:

    This actually does not work. Yes, the 8 prefix to a five digit PLU has been reserved for GM foods, but its use is voluntary, and pretty much no one is using it. The absence of an 8 doesn’t tell you anything either.

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  9. Sarah says:

    You say: “These tips are specially important now that over 80% of all processed foods in the US are genetically modified.” But since the PLUs are used only for whole produce and not for processed foods, how do these tips apply? It would be great to know what were getting when we buy processed food (especially since so much contains GMO). Is there any way to identify those?

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  11. daisyinsc says:

    Please change this article because its gone viral on facebook and its not true. Here are the articles that talk about this widespread myth:
    http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_20292.cfm
    http://www.examiner.com/green-culture-in-mankato/the-myth-of-plu-codes-and-gmo-foods
    http://www.examiner.com/green-culture-in-mankato/the-myth-of-plu-codes-and-gmo-foods
    http://www.foodrenegade.com/plu-codes-dont-indicate-gmo-produce/

    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 do not tell you what is genetically modified or natural. This urban legend has circulated long enough, even on the best of websites. 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:
    http://www.labelgmos.org/events

  12. crabapple86 says:

    Sorry, you need to do your research better.

    The whole number 8 at the beginning of a PLU code on produce is an urban legend. It’s a “hoax”.

    http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/05/20/plu-codes-do-not-indicate-gm-produce/

  13. Tomme D says:

    This author obviously dosn’t know jack about GMOs…your never going to eat any fruit crossbred with animals…who edits this crap?

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