You learn something new every day right? I've only been awake 20 minutes today, and I've already done my learning. Over at Tomato Casual (a blog I recently learned of that I'm loving because of the garden I'm growing has three different types of tomatoes, and let's face it, I'm clueless about what I'm doing), I found a post about the stickers on supermarket produce.
The numbers on the stickers actually indicate how the food was grown. I always assumed they were a pricing code. But not so. Here's the lowdown.
A sticker that has four digits on it means that the food was grown conventionally. That means that it was most likely grown on a huge farm, and the likely hood that chemicals were used is pretty good.
A sticker that has five digits and begins with the number 8 means that the produce has been genetically modified. It may have still been grown using chemicals, and the process is still relatively new. Not all of the effects (helpful and harmful) of genetically modified produce are understood yet.
A sticker that has five digits and begins with the number 9 means that the produce is organic.
The US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, France and all countries exporting to them are supposed to use this coding system.
This is really useful information. I can't believe I haven't stumbled up it until now, but thanks Tomato Casual for educating me.