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Thread: One of my most important food shopping tips ever

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    One of my most important food shopping tips ever

    Who knew? "One of my most important food shopping tips ever --those annoying stickers on fruits and veggies tell you A LOT! 4 numbers mean they were conventionally grown, 5 numbers starting with number 8 means they are genetically modified (GMO), and 5 numbers starting with 9 means they were organically grown (no pesticides or nasty GMOs)"


    This information was sent to me by a friend.....I didn't check it with Snopes................
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    interesting news....Going to go look for some stickers on my fruit!
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    Thanks, Ditter, I didn't even know there were numbers on the stickers.

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    Thank you for telling us that. It is new to me, I will take time to read them from now on.

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    i find i don't like organic. tomatoes are rock hard and go bad quickly.

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    And here I thought you were going to tell us how to remove those annoying stickers ....... without damaging the fruit!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ditter43 View Post
    Who knew? "One of my most important food shopping tips ever --those annoying stickers on fruits and veggies tell you A LOT! 4 numbers mean they were conventionally grown, 5 numbers starting with number 8 means they are genetically modified (GMO), and 5 numbers starting with 9 means they were organically grown (no pesticides or nasty GMOs)"


    This information was sent to me by a friend.....I didn't check it with Snopes................
    It is true. I worked for a grocery chain for 16 years. I did the pricing, these codes are international by the way.

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    Thanks Ditter, and Jan. I always like to use locally grown stuff if I can, and for sure if I can get natural stuff without chemicals, so much the better. You two gals are just great with information for us. Bless you, and keep up the good work. Your "old" pal...... Roberta

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    Thanks so much. I have a sea food allergy and those genetically modified ones cause me so many problems. They inject fish DNA in the plants to make the vegetables more cold tolerant. You just think that tomatoes are a healthy thing to eat until you find yourself in the ER.

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    It's sad when you need a chemistry and biological degree just to buy food.! I drive the produce man nuts at the local grocery store. He will now see me and tell me which foods are in that I want to buy. I don't buy prepackaged processed foods at all. There is no way to know what is in them. Some ingredients do not have to listed where they were grown or how they were processed or created in a lab somewhere. The food changes are serious for our children. So many have allergies, weak immune systems, learning problems, etc then ever before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    And here I thought you were going to tell us how to remove those annoying stickers ....... without damaging the fruit!
    Does it surprise you if I said me too!!

    Still ... I'll be looking at those stickers for now on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by doghousemom View Post
    does it surprise you if i said me too!!

    Still ... I'll be looking at those stickers for now on!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KatFish View Post
    Thanks so much. I have a sea food allergy and those genetically modified ones cause me so many problems. They inject fish DNA in the plants to make the vegetables more cold tolerant. You just think that tomatoes are a healthy thing to eat until you find yourself in the ER.
    Isn't that disgusting to know our plants are part seafood?!! Yuck! My husband like to grow a little garden. I had fresh collards I picked this morning for our New Years Day tradition. My black eyed peas were fresh, frozen and very good. Wish we could grow all our food. But am thinking will start looking in our area to find who grows what things and become a regular at the farmers market...

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltjoey View Post
    Isn't that disgusting to know our plants are part seafood?!! Yuck! My husband like to grow a little garden. I had fresh collards I picked this morning for our New Years Day tradition. My black eyed peas were fresh, frozen and very good. Wish we could grow all our food. But am thinking will start looking in our area to find who grows what things and become a regular at the farmers market...
    I also shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joe's and Earth Fare but you still have to read all the labels and ask questions about where stuff comes from...

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    According to Snopes, it is true.

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    What the Sticker on Your Produce Actually Means

    Price Look-Up codes (PLUs) are printed on the small stickers attached to fresh produce at the grocery store. These codes are used to make check-out and inventory control easier for the store. They also tell you key pieces of information about the produce, such as how it was grown.

    Conventionally grown food can be identified by a four-digit number, such as 4011 for bananas.
    Organic food is identified by a a five-digit number that begins with a nine, such as 94011 for bananas.
    Genetically modified food is indicated by a five-digit number that begins with an eight, such as 84805 for a vine ripe tomato.

    PLU codes are created by an international body and can be searched online.

    If the sticker also has the USDA organic seal, then you know it’s been certified by the government through the National Organic Program. To be certified, products must be inspected and meet the USDA regulations. Learn more about organic label.

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    All I care about is how good the produce looks and if I like it or not. I don't spend anymore time shopping than I have to. I steer clear of organic anything, I just figure it is a way to get more money for the stuff.
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    Thanks for posting this.
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    Thank you so much for this information, Ditter! Let's just see them try to slip these past us now! And, KatFish, thanks for the tip on seafood allergies. Do you know where they get the fish DNA? The only food I'm allergic to is skate (called "stingfish" in some asian restaurants).

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    That is such useful information

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    Thanks so much for this information. I for one want to stay away from GMs completely although that sometimes seems almost impossible. I looked on snopes and for the most part it's true!
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    During the summer don't have to worry about 'sticker' as veggies come right from my garden! Seed catalogue received before New Years - - Healthy, Happy New Year to everyone
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    my goodness. what a great bit of information here. I have a sea food (shell fish) allergy KatFish, so glad to have this knowledge, and Ditter...thanks a million for starting it off. I'll be paying attention to this from now on. HUGS TO ALL

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