Monday, February 23, 2009

organic fruit or veggie? Know the code

Someone posted this on the Mom's AP group and I thought it was worth sharing. I have known about genetically modified food for a while. I think it started with tomatoes. There was a magazine or newspaper article explaining why the government doesn't have to tell us about it but I can't remember the details. It was a few years ago. It is neat to know there is a way to know, when shopping, if it is modified or not!



Hi all - thought this may be of interest :) I wasn't aware the codes would disclose this info, but am happy to know now!

Are Your Supermarket Plums Genetically Modified? Here's How to Find Out!

The little stickers on fruits and vegetables have digits that let you know whether they're conventionally grown or organic, and if they're genetically modified (GM). There are many benefits to knowing this information:

o The health risks -- GM foods have been in stores only since the 1990s, so the long-term health risks are unknown
o The environmental risks -- Scientists are concerned that GMOs will reduce biodiversity
o The taste benefits -- People all over the world agree that the range of possible flavors is greater without a few GM foods crowding out the many natural varieties

Here´s what you should look for:

o A four-digit number means the produce is conventionally grown
o A five-digit number beginning with 9 means it's organic
o A five-digit number beginning with 8 means it's GM


Ideal Bite January 30, 2009

For the full article with Dr. Mercola's comments, click the link below:

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