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    What do the Numbers on Your Fruits and Vegetables Mean?

    By Mark Schauss | May 7, 2008

    Yesterday, before I started juicing some veggies and fruits, I became a bit annoyed at those little stickers on the fruits. I noticed the numbers and wondered what they meant. Turns out there is a lot of information in those numbers. Here is a brief description of the numbers:

    Conventionally grown fruits have four digits and do not start with a 9. Most start with a 4. These can and usually are grown using pesticides and non-organic fertilizers.

    Organically grown have five digits and start with a 9.

    Genetically modified fruits start with the number 8.

    Next time you go to the supermarket, get out the magnifying glass and check out your fruits numbers and make the choices that you feel most comfortable with. I will be looking for the number 9 and staying far away from the ones starting with the number 8.

    Topics: Environment, Food, Opinion, Toxicity | 12 Comments »

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    10. Rochella Cooper Says:
      August 23rd, 2009 at 8:29 am

      So now the first number on my plum is 3. What does that mean?

    11. Samantha Miguel Says:
      August 8th, 2010 at 8:29 am

      8 i hate
      4 i do not have
      nine is fine
      3 is organic
      5 is okay
      (learned this on a show…Oprah perhaps?)

    12. Samantha Miguel Says:
      August 8th, 2010 at 8:32 am

      stay away from the even numbers
      buy the odd :)

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