How to avoid GMOs and Choose Organic Produce using PLU codes
The sticky PLU or price look up number on your fruits and some vegetables that seems like a sticky nuisance actually is a valuable aide in choosing your produce. The PLU code will clearly tell you if your produce was genetically modified, grown conventionally with pesticides, herbicides and fungicides or organically grown.
Here are the basics of what you should know:
- If there are only four numbers in the PLU, this means that the produce was grown conventionally or “traditionally” with the use of pesticides. The last four letters of the PLU code are simply what kind of vegetable or fruit. An example is that all bananas are labeled with the code of 4011.
- If there are five numbers in the PLU code, and the number starts with “8″, this tells you that the item is a genetically modified fruit or vegetable. Genetically modified fruits and vegetables trump being organic. So, it is impossible to eat organic produce that are grown from genetically modified seeds. A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) banana would be: 84011
- If there are five numbers in the PLU code, and the number starts with “9″, this tells you that the produce was grown organically and is not genetically modified. An organic banana would be: 94011
Be an educated consumer, buy organic and try to avoid genetically modified organisms in your food. Monsanto is working hard to keep you on the dark you need to work twice as hard to feed your family and yourself in a healthful way.
Dr. Joe Caccilo