When washing your fruit and veggies…(you do wash your fruit and veggies right?!) Anyways, you will notice that your produce has those little stickies that are placed there to identify the item and the cost. BUT that is not all that is on those little stickies!
That little sticky holds the PLU code (price look up code) This code also tells you how your produce was grown. By reading the PLU code, you can tell if the fruit was organically grown, produced with chemical fertilizers, fungicides, and herbicides ,or genetically modified!
7 out of 10 items in grocery store shelves contain ingredients that have been genetically modified. That doesn’t bother some people but for others that are trying to improve their lives by getting the most out of real foods, gmo (genetically modified) is not a choice that they desire. So let’s have a quick little lesson on the codes of your food and you can make your own very wise choices.
1) PLU stickers that have 4 digits and begin with a “3″ or “4″: produce is conventionally grown. This means that this produce was sprayed with weed killers and chemical pesticides.
2) PLU stickers that have 5-digits and start with “8″: produce was genetically engineered (man intervened by manipulating the genes to produce a larger or brighter colored food). This produce may have been chemically treated.
3) PLU stickers that have 5-digits and start with “9″: produce was raised organically. You can be sure that this produce was not treated with any chemicals.
4139: Conventional Granny Smith apple
94139: Organic Granny Smith
84139: Genetically Modified Granny Smith
Also of the 12 most contaminated foods, 6 are fruits: apples, strawberries, peaches, domestic nectarines, imported grapes and domestic blueberries. These items you may want to buy from your local food co-0p or an organic farmer.
The vegetables least likely to test positive for pesticides are onions, sweet corn, asparagus, sweet peas, eggplant, cabbage, sweet potatoes and mushrooms.(1)
So what are we to do? If at all possible garden, buy organic in the supermarket, or buy from your ‘trusty’ local farmer. If you buy from a conventional store, make sure you wash and soak your produce. On apples and cucumbers…peel. I use food grade hydrogen peroxide(3%) to soak my produce in. If you scoot on over to the ‘Super Mom‘ blog, she gives you ways to make your own produce wash solutions.
Thanks for reading! I hope you are happy, healthy, and make wise food decisions!