Ever wonder what all those labels on fruit mean? Besides making it easy for the cashiers to ring you up, they do serve a more specific purpose.
Coding is applied to not only fruits, but vegetables, herbs, nuts. But only fruits get an actual label and that label will tell you how the fruit was grown. The labels are divided into 3 distinct categories: conventional, genetically modified and organic.
A 4 digit code – means your fruit was conventionally raised. If you don’t see a label with 5 digits it is safe to assume your fruit has been grown with pesticides and chemicals in probably depleted soil.
A 5 digit code (starting with the number 8) – means your fruit has been genetically modified. It has been grown with pesticides already built in and has been modified.
A 5 digit code (starting with the number 9) – means your fruit is certified organic and most likely not made from Frankenstein (or in his lab)
Bottom line: Buy your fruit locally if at all possible. If it is during off season, organic would be my next best choice. Remember, in order to be certified USDA Organic the farmer has to jump through hoops and hoops and go through years of testing his soil before he can grow anything on his land. Your local farmer may choose not to certify himself organic due to cost reasons but still be an organic farmer according to the way he grows his fruits and veggies. How do you know? Just ask him! Always choose local first, then read your labels at the market and always choose the NUMBER 9 !!