How to Recognize Organic Food Vs. Genetically Modified Foods


GM (genetically modified) foods can be the subject of a lot of controversy. Many are concerned with scientists tampering with the genes of our foods, while others argue that GM foods are beneficial to the human race helping prevent famine associated with food shortages. Whether or not GM foods have any negative health or ecological effects has yet to be determined.

So how can you tell if you are purchasing Genetically modified, conventional or organic foods? PLU codes or Price look up codes are designed to help you tell them apart.


Typically most organic produce are labeled Organic.
Organic produce has a five digit code and the number starts with a 9 for example:

Conventionally Grown Produce:

Conventional produce has a 4 digit PLU number that begins with the number 4. Conventionally grown produce are treated with chemical based pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. As opposed to organic produce which are treated with natural and eco friendlier methods.

Genetically Modified Produce:

Genetically Modified produce codes begin with the number 8. The genes of these fruits are manipulated to help achieve several aspects of the fruit such as a longer shelf life and enhance flavor and or texture.

Some however argue that these numerical labels have no meaning, but either way it's always good to be aware of what's out there as far as the foods we consume are concerned.

7 comments: said...

Thank you so much for this wonderful post. I knew all about the number system, but I am glad you put it out there.

Georgina said...

I never knew that...thanks for explaining it. However, for many of us, it's a matter of economics...organically grown produce and other products are usually at a much higher price than the other two mentioned.

I wish I could grow much of my own food, however, we do grow our own tomatoes every year and enjoy them soo much. I also grow my own herbs.

BTW, I got a giggle about your comment about truckers and your little car...I'm sure that can be very scary at times...I drive a mid-size sedan and they scare the hell out of me. I was driving my mother's driving a living room, and they still petrified me...I was always trying to guess what they were going to do next!! Oey!!

Have a great week and again, thanks for that info.


Miss Esspi ♡ said...

Useful information :) thanks.

Miss Vendella said...

Very helpful and informative post as always! :)
Btw i tried the homemade deep conditioning banana baby food mask and i was so impressed with it i wrote a blog post about it!lol
This is now my new favorite homemade treatment!!! Thank you so much for sharing! If you want you can check out the post. I did changed a bit the ingredients based on my hair condition and the fact i'm in love with olive oil! :D

Have a lovely day hun and thanks again!! :)


Bitty Boss said...

Thanks for the info! Very informative :-)

Tatum said...

thanks for the info! is it okay if i put this on my blog and give you credit for the post ?

Laura (Bandida Blog) said...

Thank you so much for putting this info out there. I didn't know about the number system and found your post very beneficial.
Thanks! :)

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