I went to Costco the other day with my mom and left with a broken heart. She informed me that some of my favorite produce is genetically modified. Come on Costco! I asked her how she knew and she taught me how to spot GMO produce codes and what they mean. Granted, this isn't a guaranteed way to tell since it is not a requirement to label GMO products, but at least if it has the code for genetically modified, you know that it definitely is and to avoid it.
I haven't been able to completely avoid genetically modified foods quite yet, but I've been doing my best to educate myself and avoid them whenever possible. If you don't know much about GMO's (genetically modified organisms), I highly recommend you educate yourself as well. They cause so many health problems and are bad, bad news. Here is a longer video on GMO's you can watch if you are interested, or I have included a couple short ones at the end of this post. I could go on, but this post is meant to quickly educate you on GMO produce codes, so here we go:
GMO Produce Codes: What do they mean?
Remember, it is optional to mark the PLU code, so the best way to make sure that your food doesn't have GMO's, is to buy organic. Farmer's markets are also another great way to go!
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- FOUR NUMBERS: means the food was conventionally grown
- FIVE NUMBERS beginning with the number 8: GMO
- FIVE NUMBERS beginning with the number 9: Organically grown
For example, 4011 is the standard PLU for a banana. If it were “84011” it would mean GMO, and if it were “94011” it would mean organic.
Costco is one of my favorite places to get produce, so do me a favor and send this letter to your local Costco asking them to be GMO free!
Also, if you are educated on GMO's and you know of a video that I can share that better explains GMO's, please comment below!
If you'd like to learn more, here are 8 reasons GMO's are Bad for You
and here are a couple of videos: