Did you know that little sticker on the piece of fruit you might be eating right now tells you a whole lot more than just what country it might come from?, or if it belongs to Chiquita or not. The number on the fruit label is actually coded to tell you whether the fruit you’re eating is either grown naturally (with pesticides), organically or genetically. Check the fruit label on any fruit you have in the house right now. What does the number say?. If you have a fruit label that starts with the number:
4 or 3 – with four digits in it (e.g 4937) it was naturally or conventionally grown (pesticides were sprayed on it).
9 – with five digits (98540) means it was organically grown
8 – with five digits (80473) means it was genetically modified (don’t mess with these)
Check your fruit right now with this – Fruit Sticker Checker- and find out if it’s natural, organic or genetic.
Stick with fruit labels starting with either 4, 3 or 9. Nobody knows yet what the effect genetically modified foods” has on our bodies or whether they’re harmful or not. Fruits with the numbers 4 or 3 on the sticker are the ones we’ve been eating for years. These produce have been grown on ordinary conventional farms where they use chemical pesticides. This is why your mother always told you to make sure you wash your fruit before you eat it. Fruit labels with the number 9 on them have been added more recently due to the recent wave of organic foods hitting the markets. Same thing goes for the fruit stickers with the number 8 on them, the genetically altered produce. The genes in these fruits have been mutated by scientist in order to make them more resistant to bugs and pesticide sprays during harvesting. I wouldn’t mess with these. Not only have there not been any studies showing whether these produce are safe or not but they also taste weird. I bought a mango once, before I knew anything about GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms) and it was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever tasted. It tasted more like a meat than a fruit. Later on I found out it had a number 8 sticker, which meant it was genetically altered. No wonder it was nasty. I took one bite then threw it out. So yea, definitely watch out for those. Grocery stores do not label their genetically altered produce so the only way to know if it is genetically modified is by looking for the number 8 on the label.
Here’s an example of an organic fruit with the number 9 on the fruit label.
Both of these are pictures of natural fruits with the number 4 on the label and the number 3.
A photo of a genetically modified fruit with the number 8 is harder to find.
It’s probably hard to remember which fruit is which. So here’s an easy way to remember when you’re at the stores.
4 and 3 Wash and Eat
9 Is Fine
8 You Hate
There’s a big difference in how “natural” #4 produce is processed compared to organic #9 produce, just like there’s a big difference how all of your organic and natural foods are processed. Find out how in Organic Vs Natural Food Are They the Same or Different?.