You spotted the stickers on the fruits purchased in the market and you don’t know what does this sticker means and what is its purpose?

You may see that the code has four digits and starts with either 3 or 4.

This signifies that the product was grown in the second half of the 20th century, and it’s likely it was exposed to unnatural fertilizers.

If you notice the 5 digit code that begins with number 9, you should know that the fruit was grown in a traditional or organic way.

It is free of fertilizer and pesticide exposure.

If you notice a 5 digit code which begins with number 8, this means that the fruit is GMO.

Now when you are aware of the stickers you will choose more carefully what are you buying and consuming.

Thankfully, the Environmental Working Group puts out a great list of “The Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” every year.

Currently, the Dirty Dozen list includes:

-Sweet bell peppers
-Nectarines (imported)
-Blueberries (domestic)

The following Clean 15 are shown to be the lowest in pesticides:

-Sweet corn
-Sweet peas
-Cantaloupe (domestic)
-Sweet potatoes


Special thanks to and please stay careful and healthy .


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