If You See THIS Label On the Fruit Do Not Buy It at Any Cost! This Is Why…

14

Many of us have no idea what the stickers on our vegetables and fruit are there for than just for price scanners.


The PLU code, or price lookup number on the sticker can help in determining if the product is genetically modified, organic, produced with chemical fertilizers, herbicides or fungicides. 
A 4-digit code beginning with the number 3 or 4, means that the produce was grown conventionally. the last digits of of the code signify the type of fruit or vegetable you are purchasing. (Ex. bananas are labeled with code 4011)
2. If there is 5 numbers, and the first number is “8”, then the product has been genetically-modified. In that case, an example would be that GMO bananas would be labeled “84011.” With a number 8 as the first number signifies you aren’t purchasing organic.
3. Any 5-digit number that begins with a “9” is organic. Organic bananas are labeled with the code “94011.”
EWG (The Environmental Working Group) examined pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration, to form rankings in these favorite produce items.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has warned consumers that the consumption of pesticides can cause health issues such as “birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and other effects that might occur over a long period of time.” Children are at a high risk for harm from these pesticides.

Fruits and Vegetables to Always Buy Organic

The Dirty Dozen Plus

These foods have high amounts of pesticides and should be purchased organic or grown yourself:
Apples
Celery
Cherry Tomatoes
Cucumbers
Grapes
Hot Peppers
Nectarines (imported)
Peaches
Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet Bell Peppers
Kale/Collard Greens
Summer Squash

Clean 15

The following foods were found by EWG to be safely low in pesticide residues.They may be good options for those on a tight budget.
1 Asparagus
2 Avocados
3 Cabbage
4 Cantaloupe
5 Sweet Corn [Editors Note: beware of genetically modified varieties. If you want to avoid GMOs, eat only organic corn/]
6 Eggplant
7 Grapefruit
8 Kiwi
9 Mangoes
10 Mushrooms
11 Onions
12 Papayas [Editors Note: beware of genetically modified varieties. If you want to avoid GMOs eat only organic papaya.]
13 Pineapples
14 Sweet Peas
15 Sweet Potatoes
The EWG notes that 99% of apples, 98% of peaches and 97% of nectarines had tested positive for one type of pesticide residue. The average white potato has more pesticides by weight than any other produce on store shelves.
If you enjoyed this article or learned something new, please don’t forget to share it with others so they have a chance to enjoy this free information. This article is open source and free to reblog or use if you give a direct link back to the original article URL. Thanks for taking the time to support an open source initiative. We believe all information should be free and available to everyone. Have a good day and we hope to see you soon!

Get more stuff like this

Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.