According to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, about 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted each year, worldwide. That’s about a third of the food produced for human consumption.
The report distinguishes between food waste and food loss. Food waste happens…
Not many consumers realize that the FDA does not require genetically modified food to be labeled. That’s because the FDA has decided that you, dear consumer, don’t care if the tomato you’re eating has been cross bred with frog genes to render the tomato more resistant to cold weather. Some consumers may not be concerned with eating Frankenfood, but for those who are, here’s how to determine if the fruits and vegetables you’re buying are (GM) genetically modified.
For conventionally grown fruit, (grown with chemicals inputs), the PLU code on the sticker consists of four numbers. Organically grown fruit has a five-numeral PLU prefaced by the number 9. Genetically engineered (GM) fruit has a five-numeral PLU prefaced by the number 8.
A conventionally grown banana would be:
An organic banana would be:
A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) banana would be:
checking for this from now on. although if money’s running low and gmo is the cheapest it won’t matter, but it’s good to know what i’m putting in my body, at least.