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We should all try to avoid Genetically Engineered fruit and vegetables, especially if we really want to get to taste true flavour and avoid the obvious unknown effects on our health.
You know the ones; they have 4 or 5 digits and seem almost meaningless.
Have you ever wondered what those digits mean?
Here is an explanation of the codes on fruit stickers and how to know which fruits are conventionally grown, organic, and genetically modified.
All fruit has a four digit PLU code.
This number tells you what kind of fruit it is.
i.e. Cortland apple small (4104), Gala apple, small (4132) .
Conventionally grown is an agriculture term referring to a method of growing edible plants (such as fruit and vegetables) and other products. It is opposite to organic growing methods which attempt to produce without synthetic chemicals (fertilisers, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones) or genetically modified organisms.
Conventionally grown products, meanwhile, often use fertilisers and pesticides which allow for higher yield , out of season growth, greater resistance, greater longevity and a generally greater mass.
Since organic fruits and vegetables now have to be in separate areas in grocery stores, this confirms that your apple hasn't ended up in the wrong pile.
However, the store does not have to reveal which fruits and vegetables are genetically-modified-but you can find out by looking at their stickers.
Adherence to the IFPS's PLU standards is voluntary, including the decision to label produce as organic or genetically modified.
Number Mfg Product Check
System Code Code Digit
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