I know I promised this on Friday but life got in the way:) Sorry for the delay!
PLU codes are applied to fruit, vegetables, herbs, and nuts although the sticky labels are normally only found on fruit. The codes are 4 or 5 digits long. Fruit is divided into 3 categories: conventional, organic, and genetically modified. 4 digit codes mean that the produce has been conventionally grown, most likely with pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizers, and grown in nutrient-depleted soil.
5 digit codes begin with an 8 or a 9. If the code begins with an 8, the produce has been genetically modified. If the code begins with a 9, the produce has been grown organically without the use of harmful pesticides or fertilizers.
Andrea and I recently made a trip to the supermarket to see just how many types of produce we could find that had been genetically modified and we came up empty-handed. At first we were relieved. Then we realized that the far bigger problem was in the boxes and bags lining the shelves in the remainder of the market. So many products that contain corn, corn syrup, or corn oil, soybean oil, or any soy derivative, cottonseed oil, or aspartame! These are the large industrial crops that are being genetically modified and added to our food supply without our knowledge. Unless it is labeled “organic”, there is no way to know what lurks inside. There is no PLU number to help us decipher what we are eating. This is just not right!
Please sign the “Just Label It” petition if you haven’t already done so. The petition is at least a start in the right direction.
Enjoy your Sunday!