In all of the European Union countries, Japan, Australia, China, New Zealand, and many other countries it is mandatory to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients – it’s not in the U.S.
However, there is a way to find out whether the fruit is a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) – the sticker.
- A four-digit number is on any conventionally grown fruit or vegetable (with pesticides), like 4011 on bananas.
- A five-digit number beginning with 9 means it’s organic.
- A five-digit number beginning with 8 means it’s genetically modified.
Be aware that no one uses that “8” yet. And why would they if most Americans express they would avoid buying those labeled GMO? Who would like to end up with the organ damage the GMO- fed lab animals had?
To avoid GMO food,
- Buy certified organic products.
- Look for a “Non-GMO” label on a product. Examples are: soy milk, tofu, corn cereals, or HFCS in soda, ice creams, cookies, and other processed foods.
- Avoid products that contain Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseeds, some Zucchini, Yellow Squash, and Hawaiian Papaya.
A list on shopping wisely is at www.NonGMOShoppingGuide.com