Most of us understand that eating a lot of vegetables is good for overall health. But are all vegetables created equal? How can you tell if your fruit or vegetables are conventional, organic or genetically modified?
1. Conventional produce has a four-digit number*. If the PLU sticker begins with a 3 or 4 then this generally means that the produce was sprayed with weed killers and chemical pesticides.
2. Organic produce has a five-digit number that starts with 9*. Ask to make sure it was not treated with chemicals.
3. Genetically modified items also use a five-digit number that starts with 8*. This means the produce was genetically engineered (GMO stands for Genetically modified Organisms). They usually have bright colors and are chemically treated.
It’s best to buy your fruits and vegetables from a local farmers market. Not only does this allow you to support local farmers but also receive more nutrient rich foods.
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