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4/20/11 8:02 P

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Okay, I'm not exactly what that article is trying to say. Here's the paragraph I question:

The 4-digit PLU codes on the sometimes-pain-in-the-neck labels glued to apples, for example, tell the checkout lady which is a small Fuji (4129) and which is a Honeycrisp (3283). She'll know what to charge you and the inventory elves will know what's what. If there's a 5-digit code starting with 9, then it's organic.

I fully understand the need for a store to keep inventory through the numbers on products; that's a given.

But nothing in this article says that we should not believe the number "9" as being truly organic. In fact the article states that it is. And right now, until the law is changed, produce cannot be labeled organic if it is GMO. Sure, we are in a place in agriculture where there is some issues about cross-contamination but even then, if GMO cross-contamination is detected then the law removes the grower's organic certification. So a person can totally avoid GMO by buying organic (the number "9")

And YES, GMO labeling is a BIG issue on all packaged and processed foods. At this point food manufacturers are not required to state if their stuff includes anything that has been genetically modified. And that is a shame. People have the right to know. England has passed the GMO labeling law because the people demanded it. When are we going to do the same??



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Found this article by GMO Guru Jeffrey Smith stating, "No, the 5-digit PLU codes on produce do not tell you what is genetically modified or natural. This urban legend has circulated long enough, even on the best of websites. " So we're still in the dark unless we know the farm/farmer or grow it ourselves. www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-smith
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6/21/10 3:15 P

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Take action to make labeling of GMO foods law
www.capwiz.com/grassrootsnetroots/is
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es/alert/?alertid=15154336&type=ML

And read the article to learn about GMO if you aren't
familiar with it.

If you have trouble taking action on that link go here and click on "06/17/10 - Label Genetically Modified Foods Now!" near the top of the page.
www.organicconsumers.org/action.cfm

I'll start a new topic with this as well.

Edited by: ANIDUCK at: 6/21/2010 (15:20)
Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when itís a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, theyíre terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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Yup, look for the"9" as the first number (organic)

Hospitals are terrific for traumatic care; for acute care. They do a really, really good job in saving lives when itís a sudden bleeding emergency. But in terms of chronic care, theyíre terrible; (that is) in terms of the illnesses that most people have, endure, that cost the most money, that last the longest and ultimately die from. -Dr. Andrew Saul


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Interesting info. I knew the numbers were standardized (anywhere in the country if you pick up a banana it has the same number) but I didn't know they had actual meaning.

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Thanks for the info. But, I won't buy it if it isn''t organic. I agree with ANI. Since it is not required by law to disclose the fact that food is GMO, then I can't be sure if the companies are complying.

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You might want to reconsider eating a conventional apple. Yes, it's good to avoid GMO foods but there are many conventional produce items that are on the list of most toxic.

Go to:
www.ewg.org/newsrelease/EWG-New-Pest
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Read the article and click on the "www.foodnews.org" to get the updated list of the "dirty dozen" and the "clean fifteen". It's very helpful in deciding which foods must be purchased organic and which ones can be safely purchased conventional. apples, by the way, are one of the most toxic fruits. Always buy organic apples or go without if you want to avoid poisonous chemicals. (herbicides, pesticides, petro-chemical fertilizers, etc).

Thanks for the post on the numbers.

I'm not sure about the consistency yet on the GMO numbers though. It's still a politically hot issue and I don't trust yet that producers are complying completely.

Still, thanks for bringing this up.
-annie

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thanks that is good to know, all of the produce I buy stars with 4 so I am safe

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Hey, I found this in another group that I'm in. Does anyone else know about this and know if this is true? I'm so exicted if it is!!


"HOW TO TELL IF YOUR PRODUCE IS GENETICALLY MODIFIED:
For fresh produce, there are three types you can choose from. There are organic, conventional and genetically modified. Most organic food is labeled as such, but there really is no way to know if that apple is conventional or genetically modified. Or is there? Itís in the code. The numbers on the sticker either begin with a 4, 8, 5 or 9. Nine is organic, 4 is conventional, and 8 or 5 is genetically modified. So always look at the little sticker on the apples, tomatoes, bananas, etc., and make sure it starts with a 9 or a 4. Stay clear of 8 and 5. The code on my Braeburn apple is 4103, so itís a conventional apple. "

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