Hating on GMO produce has been all the rage in the health community for quite some time and for good reason. In our original state, the only available food was organic and not genetically modified. It’s what our bodies are meant to deal with. Non-GMO produce is not some crazy new-fangled thing that those eco-radicals invented. Although the terms “organic”, “natural” and “Non-GMO” are relatively recent inventions, what those terms describe are ancient and have for thousands of years been taken for granted. Chem-ag, genetic-tampering, and synthesized additives are the relatively recent inventions. Therefore terms have been invented to differentiate between NORMAL food and what is currently being “generally regarded as safe” on our Supermarket shelves… If you’re not sure what all the controversy is about you can read a few articles about it HERE and HERE.
The easiest way to avoid it is to buy certified organic, or from your local farmer. Some of us however, live at 7,500 feet and our growing season is 4 months long and we get a farmers market for 6 or 7 weeks out of the year. Or maybe you’re way out in the boonies or you simply can’t afford to purchase organic all the time.
Well today you will learn a little secret that can help you to avoid GMO produce anyway. It has to do with the PLU code on those irritating stickers… are you ready? If the PLU has 5 digits… and the first digit is 8… it’s genetically modified, which even if you don’t care about the lack of safety tests gone into the consumption of GMO foods, they’ve usually been modified to survive the deadly weed and pest killing chemicals they’re sprayed with, so if it starts with an 8, it’s genetically modified and is probably laced with deadlier or higher amount of chemical than even “conventionally grown” stuff. It’s that simple. If it has 4 digits, it is “conventionally grown” (read sprayed with pesticides) but not so strong that the plant has had to be genetically modified just to survive them. If it starts with a 9 it’s the good stuff. unsprayed. But you won’t have to wonder because if the PLU starts with a 9 they will have that produce unmistakably labeled on a large chalkboard sandwich board holistically nestled into a rustic looking wooden crate filled with brown raffia or recycled corks and with a 50% price increase.
If you’re on a budget and can’t spring for organic every time, then keep up with the EWG’s dirty dozen and clean fifteen. The 12 dirtiest, most sprayed fruits and veggies that should ALWAYS be purchased organic and the least sprayed 15 that are not so bad if you buy the conventional version.