PLU Codes

Everyone knows that fruits and veggies are good for you. But have you ever wondered what are the numbers on the stickers of fruits and vegetables mean? Think twice before buying.

IMG_9422PLU stands for “Price lookup code”. These codes tell us whether your fruits or vegetables were grown conventionally, organically or genetically modified. If the PLU code has a four digit number it means that it is conventionally grown. This means that the food was grown using chemicals like pesticides, herbicides..

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How about a five digit number starting with a 9? Well, this means that your apple below is organically grown. YES! Free pesticides and herbicides and all that CHEMICALS!

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IMG_9426Photography Laurina Wong

Yup, not only organic is good for you. It also benefit the environment! What a BONUS!

If you recall, I mentioned that organically grown foods has a five digit number starting with an eight. Genetically modified (GMO) foods, also, has a five digit number but starting with a nine. So be sure you catch that when you buy your groceries!  Genetically modified foods are a DANGER! They are basically foods that are genetically engineered with specific traits of an organism’s DNA into our foods. Yup you heard me loud and clear.This is usually done to strengthen the crop’s ability to perform in certain situation. Resistant to floods, faster growth, bigger crops.  Soybeans, corn, potatoes, rice…these are just the few of them.

Most people would say organic is expensive, so they go with the conventionally grown crops. But if you think about it, you should spend more money now than spend more later in the hospital…

Eat right for your health!

Sources drfranklipman

3 Responses to PLU Codes

  1. Pingback: Must eat ORGANICS (fruits/veggies) » H.A.F. Addict

  2. Not bad at all, but watch out for small mistakes like; “How about a five digit number starting with a 9? Well, this means that your apple below is organically grown. YES!” and then writing later in the text; “If you recall, I mentioned that organically grown foods has a five digit number starting with an eight. Genetically modified (GMO) foods, also, has a five digit number but starting with a nine. ”

    See mixing up the numbers can be confusing for some and they might end up buying the bad stuff :/

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