Thursday, January 31, 2008

Cracking the GMO Code!


Just say NO to GMOs!
We love foods that come in packages that plainly state what they aren't these days. No preservatives, non-GMO, no sugar added, MSG-free, no artificial flavors or colors, etc. Kinda sad that we live in a world where what's not in a product is often as important as what is.

Unfortunately, when we visit the produce aisle, fancy packaging with clear labeling is lacking. Most organic produce is either in a section on its own or marked with signage as "organic". But if you are looking to avoid genetically modified produce, good luck. Neither signage or labeling is going to be there to promote these suspect fruits and veggies.

The problem with GMO's is that we have no idea what potential nightmare these Frankenstein-like plants pose--and we probably won't know for a really long time. Messing around with Mother Nature is a recipe for disaster in my humble opinion. But how do we know what produce is genetically modified? It's all in the numbers!

We hate 8, but 9 is fine!
That is the catch-phrase I use when shopping for produce. The tiny little stickers, the ones that let the cashier know what to ring up on the register, have a tale to tell. Most have just a four digit code; these are your regular, pesticide grown produce. If there are five digits, all you have to do is look at the first number. If it starts with a 9 it is fine. Fantastic even. A nine means it is organically grown. But you can hate the number 8. Produce that have eight as the beginning number are genetically modified. Avoid these!

If it's not enough to have to read labels like a detective these days, now you have to decipher codes in the produce aisle too. But with my little catch phrase, at least you'll be able to crack the code!

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