How to Identify GMOs at the Supermarket
Many consumers don’t realize that the FDA does not require genetically modified food to be labeled. That’s because the FDA, in all its wisdom, has decided that you don’t care if the tomato you are 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 “Franken Food”, but for those who are, here is how to determine if the fruits and vegetables you’re buying are (GM) genetically modified.
For conventionally grown fruit (grown with chemical inputs), the PLU code on 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. Example: A conventionally grown banana would be 4011. An organically grown banana would be 94011. A genetically engineered banana would be 84011.
(Reprinted from The Dirt Doctor™ newsletter by Howard Garrett)