Saturday, September 27, 2008

Raw Fu Challenge Day 58- Know You PLU #s

Do you know what those little numbers stand for on the stickers of your fruits and vegetables? They actually are doing more than just telling the cashier how much to charge you for the food. They're giving you important clues about where the food came from, and more importantly whether it's organic, conventional, or has been genetically modified!

Know your PLU # facts so that you can be a conscious consumer. Knowledge is power!

North America
General designation is as follows:

Organic produce has a five-digit number beginning with a 9. Organic bananas, for example, would be given the designation of 94011.

Conventional produce has a four-digit number beginning with a 3 or 4. Therefore, the number on conventionally grown bananas would be 4011. These products may have been sprayed with insecticides, herbicides, pesticides.

Genetically engineered produce also has a five-digit number on the label and begins with an 8. Again, the number on genetically altered bananas would be 84011.

Wired Magazine Article: Cracking the Frankenfood Code

Wikipedia: PLU#



Nigel said...

I have to disagree with you here. It is true that PLUs tell you something about the food, and certified organic produce may have a 9 at the beginning, but the program is optional. Since the vast majority of people do not want to eat genetically engineered food, no one will put an 8 at the beginning of their PLU. My full argument here:

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