The PLU numbers are the “Product Look-Up Numbers”:
8 is GMO! 9 is Organic. All others, like 3 or 4, are neither GMO or organic. They are conventionally grown. This means the growers could have applied poisons to the food, including pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizer. But the food itself is not genetically modified.
GMO food has not been sufficiently tested for safety.
If we buy 3 or 4, we are sure to wash the food thoroughly before cooking or eating. The orange peel above could be saturated with poisons, so I would not use the peel in any recipe.
The mango above is not organic. It is conventionally grown. I don’t like that word choice because it sounds so… normal. It is a sad state of our farming practices when it is “normal” to spray food intended for human consumption with poison. No wonder people continue to get sicker. If you see on the label a number beginning with a 3 or 4, that food could contain poisons like pesticides and herbicides and could have been grown with synthetic fertilizer from petroleum.
If an apple is conventionally grown and starts with a 3 or 4, I wash the apple, then peel the skin off and discard. There are probably poisons sprayed on the skin and I do not feel right about feeding that to my family or myself.
9 Is Fine
9 is organic, not genetically modified and not coated with poison. This is how food had been grown for thousands of years until the recent changes made by corporations, tainting our food supply with their poisons.
I read that apple skins are healthy, as long as they are organic without applied chemicals. I might eat the apple’s skin if the PLU code starts with “9″. If the PLU code starts with a “3″ or “4″, I will surely discard the apple peel. If the PLU code starts with “8″, which I hate… well, then, that apple would never make it to my house as we wouldn’t buy it.
Know your PLU codes and live healthier and happier.