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Do You Know What Your Food Stickers Mean?

When you go to the food store, you have noticed that there are food stickers on your fruits and vegetables. More importantly, do you know what they mean and what they are telling you? This is not just about paying for them.

To begin with, PLU stands for Price Look Up. The number with it has a great deal of functionality to it other than scanning the price at the register. If there are four numbers in the PLU, this means that the produce was grown with pesticides according to Dr. Frank Lipman. When you don’t want animal byproducts in your foods, you sure don’t want pesticides in there, either.

According to EGW, you are still better off eating the fruits and the vegetables that are of the dirty dozen, then not eating them at all. The dirty dozen are packed in pesticides. They are apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, strawberries, peaches, imported nectarines, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, domestic blueberries, and potatoes. Then add green beans and kale to the list. Although you are still getting in your antioxidants, these poisons are highly toxic to our nervous systems that can cause a number of diseases. These pesticides were ordered to be removed, but many are still growing our fruits and vegetables with them. If you do get these, wash them well before eating them.

The clean 15 are onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocado, cabbage, sweet peas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, kiwi, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, grape fruit, watermelon and mushrooms. These are grown with little to no pesticides. The only thing is that because of the sugar processed in corn, you might want the organic one.

With all this said, if there are five numbers with your PLU code and the first one starts with a 8, this means that they are genetically modified fruits or vegetables. Could also be called genetically engineered which is all about produicing more and at faster rates. Also unsafe.

When there are five numbers with your PLU code and the first one starts with a 9, this means that they are organically grown. This is better. It  is safer to eat.

Now that you have read this, don't forget to read your stickers.

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  1. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Vote #2! Thanks for the info Susan!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Anytime.
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      1. Carolyn
        Carolyn
        ;)
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  2. Akanksha
    Akanksha
    Great post Susan..I was thinking of writing on the same :D You saved my labor!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thanks. You could do the same for me too.
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  3. Teresa
    Teresa
    Susan, just voted. Gee, thanks for the tips. I did not know what the P.L.U. stood for. Thanks for the info. I'll have to check into that now. I'd much rather be in a place that has a nice size property and grow my own garden and orchard. That way, I know that everything is going to be safe for us to eat.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      If you do that Teresa, have the soil checked to see what is it, first, then plant your garen and orchard. Thanks for the vote and comment.
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  4. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Good reminder - thanks for info. Check out my avocado for butter post and vote if you like. Voted :)
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you. I'm heading right over to yours.
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  5. evalovesbend
    Very interesting info. Vote #7. Check out my post the art of popsicles and vote if you like:)
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you. I'm heading right over there.
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  6. SnakeWitch
    Yeah, great information. Thank you. Voted!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you.
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  7. Veganara
    Veganara
    Vote no 9. Very informative, I had no idea about this.
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you.
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  8. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Congrats for making Top Posts!
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    1. pftsusan
      pftsusan
      Thank you. This was nice to wake up to this morning.
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      1. Akanksha
        Akanksha
        This one definitely deserved it..we all talk of buying organic but also need to know where to get it and how to know it is what we want to buy. Great information! Proud of you Susan Thanks for doing all the research for us (Technically, I shouldn't include myself doesn't apply to me being in India. But I can tell others!)
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        1. pftsusan
          pftsusan
          Thank you Akankasha. You write good posts too.. It helps to know how all countries process their stickers so that if we don't live there, we can share this with others who do, and they want to know what they are getting in their foods.
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  9. Veganara
    Veganara
    Yes, good point Akanksha, the national differences. I am IN England, but I think we have these PLU stickers here too. We definitely have food stickers anyway, I will look out for them next time I go shopping.
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  10. bvgrannie
    I did my own research.....A fifth digit "may be adopted for use on non-conventionally grown product", such as organic (prefixed by a '9') or genetically modified (prefixed by an '8').[2] The idea that such prefixes can be reliably used by consumers to tell whether a product is genetically modified or not has been called an urban legend by Jeffrey M. Smith writing on The Huffington Post.[3] However, the July 2012 Produce PLU Codes User's Guide prepared by the International Federation for Produce Standards specifies that three catagories have been established for the fifth (leading) digit qualifier. A '9' identifies organic produce, an '8' indicates genetically modified produce, and a '0' or no fifth digit indicates non-qualified produce.[4]
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