Ever wonder if there was an easy way to find out if a particular product is Conventionally grown, Organically grown or Genetically Modified? Well, there is a way and it’s quite simple. Look at the PLU code of the item.
0xxxx – Applies to all non-qualified produce and is generally presented without the leading “zero” digit. These are typically the conventionally grown produce items. You will typically see them on store shelves as 4 digit PLU codes.
8xxxx – Applies to Genetically Modified produce. If you see an 8 preceding the 4 digit PLU code, avoid this product!
9xxxx – Applies to Organic produce. If you see a 9 leading the PLU Code, this is an Organic product.
If you would like to see the PLU Code User’s Guide that I pulled this from, check out the link below. It’s a direct link to the PDF that contains this and more info about the PLU Codes used on the produce you buy.
Look items up by their PLU Code at http://www.plucodes.com/
Download and read the PDF Users Guide here: http://www.plucodes.com/docs/Users_Guide.pdf