PLU CODES

You know those little stickers on fruits and veggies? They’re called price look-up (PLU) codes and they contain numbers that cashiers use to ring you up. But you can also use them to make sure you’re getting what you paid for.

A 4 digit code beginning with 3 or 4 means your fruit was conventionally raised.  If you don’t see a label with 5 digits it is safe to assume your fruit has been grown with pesticides and chemicals in probably depleted soil.

A 5 digit code (starting with the number 8) – means your fruit has been genetically modified.  It has been grown with pesticides already built in and has been modified.

 

A 5 digit code (starting with the number 9) – means your fruit is certified organic and most likely not made from Frankenstein (or in his lab)

 

Bottom line:  Buy your fruit locally if at all possible.  If it is during off season, organic would be my next best choice.  Remember, in order to be certified USDA Organic the farmer has to jump through hoops and hoops and go through years of testing his soil before he can grow anything on his land.  Your local farmer may choose not to certify himself organic due to cost reasons but still be an organic farmer according to the way he grows his fruits and veggies. How do you know?  Just ask him!   

 

We are what we eat❤️