What's the probability your supermarket plums are genetically modified?

Plum dandy (um, pretty high). But we'll help you crunch the numbers: the little stickers on fruits and veggies have digits that let you know whether they're conventionally grown or organic, and if they're genetically modified (GM).

The Benefits

· Better odds for your body. GM foods have been in stores only since the 1990s, so we don't know the long-term health risks, and in a 1998 EPA sampling, 29% of the foods tested contained detectable pesticides.

· Less of an eco-gamble. Scientists are concerned that GMOs will reduce biodiversity.

· Winning the taste-bud lottery. Foodies all over the world agree that the range of possible flavors is greater when we just let Mother Nature do her thing.

Personally Speaking
Those stickers used to annoy us because they're not always easy to peel off, but now we have a newfound appreciation for the little buggers.

Wanna Try?
Look for the labels stuck on your fruits and veggies:

· A four-digit number means it's conventionally grown.

· A five-digit number beginning with 9 means it's organic.

· A five-digit number beginning with 8 means it's GM.


  1. That's very interesting! I'm going to definitely be checking from now on. Thanks!We are trying to eat as organic as possible. We are slowly making the transition into healthier eating habits. You're really an inspiration! Love all your helpful posts...

  2. I never realized the labels gave all that info! Great to know- thanks!

  3. Thanks for the info. Brittany!
    BTW, your blog is looking great.

    I'm sure if I ventured to play with my code, I would mess it up royally!!

  4. oh no way. wow.....

    gonna check that stuff now!

  5. Always learning more here...
    Thanks for the info, I'll be checking!

  6. Oh very good to know! SO funny to read that sweet Wed. poem and scroll down to this headline. Ha.


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