August 10, 2008

Fruit and veggie stickers

Do you ever wonder what the annoying little stickers on your fruits and vegies are for? They let you know whether they have been conventionally grown, or if they have been genetically modified (GM).

1. A four-digit number means that it is conventionally grown.

2. A five-digit number starting with a 9 is organic.

3. A five-digit number starting with an 8 means it has been genetically modified.

GM foods started arriving in the 1990's, not allowing us enough time to study long-term health risks. Many of them have pesticides on them. Not so annoying now, are they?

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