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.