- Organic produce stickers have 5 digits, starting with a 9
- Genetically Modified produce (GMO) also has a 5 digit number, starting with 8 (we'll talk more about GMO at a later date, but suffice it to say, there are convincing reasons to avoid this produce)
- Conventionally grown produce has a 4 digit number and does not mention the word Organic on the sticker, nor does it tell you that the produce was grown with chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides. Buyer beware.
Although you will often notice a difference in the price, please keep in mind the investment you are making is in your health. In upcoming posts I will try to give you more of the background and reasoning for making this investment. For now, I hope you 'll at least give it a try. To wrap it up, check out this link, the Organic Center, where you will learn which of the fruits and vegetables are most important to buy organic. Scroll down to page 2 to find a colorful visual guide to the fruits and vegetables which are most at risk of contamination by pesticides and other chemicals harmful to your health. This non-profit organization also offers a free newsletter here. Just click on News & Media and then select Newsletter.
Finally, they offer a wonderful introduction to the hazards of pesticides in our foods on a Youtube video entitled, Serious Science, Serious Benefits. Watch it for your kids!
Please join me tomorrow on Woofing Wednesday (can you tell I'm a dog lover?!) for another pup pix and a motivating post on using cloth grocery bags, and Thursday's Green Tip Toe, when I will offer a few simple ways to save water. See you then.