Is That Food Organic? Labels Tell You: 3 4 8 9 ???
These PLU numbers are the “Product Look-Up Numbers”. The leading number gives you useful information, if you know the code…
I remember the code on fruit and veggies using a simple rhyme…
8, I hate. It’s GMO!
9 is fine. Organic.
All others, like 3 or 4, are neither GMO or organic. They are conventionally grown. This means the growers could have applied poisons to the food, including pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizer. But the food itself is not genetically modified.
8, I Hate
I never buy food labeled 8, because that’s the one I hate. GMO food has not been sufficiently tested for safety, in my opinion. Where are the studies showing GMO food is safe? And why are companies like Monsanto and Bayer modifying the genetic code in a lab instead of through natural selection?
[Edit, Jan-15-2013: I have since realized that Evolution is a lie, a false religion. There is no credible evidence to support Evolution. I looked and found none. God has designed all the food that is good to eat. God is perfect and already made the plants to be good. Companies that genetically modify the plants for financial gain are going against God's design and are asking for trouble. The love of money is the root of all evil... 1 Timothy 6:10 KJV]
These powerful corporations want to prevent you and me from saving our seeds and growing our own food. They use the government to enforce their patents and to prosecute farmers. There is so much written about this already on the web, so if you want to learn more, a simple search will tell you a lot.
3 or 4
If we buy 3 or 4, we are sure to wash the food thoroughly before cooking or eating. The orange peel above could be saturated with poisons, so I would not use the peel in any recipe.
The mango above is not organic. It is conventionally grown. I don’t like that word choice because it sounds so… normal. It is a sad state of our farming practices when it is “normal” to spray food intended for human consumption with poison. No wonder people continue to get sicker. If you see on the label a number beginning with a 3 or 4, that food could contain poisons like pesticides and herbicides and could have been grown with synthetic fertilizer from petroleum. I would much prefer a mango that had a PLU code starting with a “9″, which is “fine”.
If an apple is conventionally grown and starts with a 3 or 4, I wash the apple, then peel the skin off and discard. There are probably poisons sprayed on the skin and I do not feel right about feeding that to my family or myself.
9 Is Fine
9 is fine. This is the good stuff. It’s organic, not genetically modified and not coated with poison. This is how food had been grown for thousands of years until the recent changes made by corporations, tainting our food supply with their poisons.
If an apple has the leading digit of “9″… it’s fine…it’s organic.
I read that apple skins are healthy, as long as they are organic without applied chemicals. I might eat the apple’s skin if the PLU code starts with “9″. If the PLU code starts with a “3″ or “4″, I will surely discard the apple peel. If the PLU code starts with “8″, which I hate… well, then, that apple would never make it to my house as we wouldn’t buy it.
Know your PLU codes and live healthier and happier.
9 is fine!