Ever wonder what all those labels on fruit mean?  Besides making it easy for the cashiers to ring you up, they do serve a more specific purpose.

Coding is applied to not only fruits, but vegetables, herbs, nuts.  But only fruits get an actual label and that label will tell you how the fruit was grown.  The labels are divided into 3 distinct categories:  conventional, genetically modified and organic.


For example:

A 4 digit code – means your fruit was conventionally raised.  If you don’t see a label with 5 digits it is safe to assume your fruit has been grown with pesticides and chemicals in probably depleted soil.

A 5 digit code (starting with the number 8) – means your fruit has been genetically modified.  It has been grown with pesticides already built in and has been modified.

A 5 digit code (starting with the number 9) – means your fruit is certified organic and most likely not made from Frankenstein (or in his lab)

Bottom line:  Buy your fruit locally if at all possible.  If it is during off season, organic would be my next best choice.  Remember, in order to be certified USDA Organic the farmer has to jump through hoops and hoops and go through years of testing his soil before he can grow anything on his land.  Your local farmer may choose not to certify himself organic due to cost reasons but still be an organic farmer according to the way he grows his fruits and veggies.  How do you know?  Just ask him!   Always choose local first, then read your labels at the market and always choose the NUMBER 9 !!

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  1. That is really interesting! I have to pay more attention when I buy fruit. I don’t want any Frankenfruit!

    • Anonymous says:

      Thank you for this information! I never knew the codes on the fruit had these handy codes, now I can make better choices on my food. I understand your concern about GMO’s, and that’s the right attitude, but humans have been genetically modifying food since before civilization arose. Lemons, all grains, and most fruits aren’t natural. Humans selected the best strains (biggest & juiciest fruits) and replanted and crossed strains to beat bugs and harsh weather. When we make GMO’s we are taking the genes from plants that have natural resistance to these harsh environments or natural plant defenses (like thorns on a rose) and use those plant genes to other plants. GMO’s are actually the cure for world hunger! If we didn’t have GMO’s we wouldn’t have enough food to feed the planet. Most of us are wealthy (relatively, on a global scale) enough to afford to choose organic products (which have significantly lower crop yields) at a higher cost than others. The first step is awareness and pesticide use should me more transparent.

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