Did you know that without even seeing the label on this box of spinach you can tell if it’s organic, conventional, or genetically modified?
When grocery shopping, signs labeling foods can be scarce. I hate not knowing how much apples cost and whether or not they’re organic or not since I try to avoid buying conventionally grown items from the dirty dozen list. I can imagine labeling things is complicated, but I really don’t understand how there are so few labels in the grocery store!
I can’t tell you how much the apples cost per pound at Whole Foods (probably around $2.49) but I can give you a way to know if that produce is organic, conventional grown or genetically modified… just look at the PLU.
Here’s how to be a sleuth in the produce isle and detect how that apple was grown:
- It’s most likely organic if the PLU is 5 digits and starts with 9.
- It’s most likely conventional if the PLU is 4 digits and starts with a 3 or 4.
- It’s most likely a genetically modified organism if the PLU has 5 digits and begins with an 8.
* In the photo of the box of spinach, the last 5 digits of the sku number is the PLU.