Have you ever wondered what the numbers on fruit and vegetables meant? What if I told you they were number between genetic engineered, conventionally grown or organic. Here is the brake down of the numbers.
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.
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.
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
So the next time you go to the grocery store look up the stickers, to make sure you are getting the best food.
Here is a reminder for the numbers…
Organic: 9 is fine
Genetically Modified: 8 I hate
Conventionally Grown: 4 is a bore