Organic food has become very popular. But marking of organic food labels sometimes can be confusing.
On the other side, genetically modified foods are disturbingly commonplace and we don’t always know when we are eating them.
Some people have a strict standard to eat only an organic food. There are some supermarkets where the food is selected in different shelves if it is an organic or not. But, when the supermarket doesn’t have such selection, you should assess alone if a produce is of organic origin.
The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Specific requirements must be met and maintained in order for products to be labeled as “organic”.
Have you ever heard about Price Look Up? If the food is organic the code will contain five-digits beginning with 9 and for non-organic food this code would have four digits. You should be aware that if PLU begins with 8, it means the item is genetically modified, which some research indicates may pose health risks.
For example: bananas will be 94011 if they are organic, compared to 4011 for those treated with chemicals and pesticides.
Price Look Up stickers are a globally standardized system implemented by the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS), a group of national produce associations from around the world.
The PLU number is formed by different criteria, such as commodity, variety, growing methodology and size. Numbers are assigned by the IFPS after rigorous review at both national and international levels. If you are not sure for some number, you can variety at the IFPS database and voila. Also, you can ask the farmer for the sticker of some product and they will tell you much more about it.
On the video below you can heard more about these stickers and how much they are important: