What Those Numbers on Fruit Stickers Really Mean


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Ever wondered about the tiny numerical codes on supermarket fruits? These labels provide key information about the fruit’s cultivation methods and journey from farm to table.

UNVEILING THE MEANING BEHIND FRUIT LABELS
Fruit labels typically fall into three categories:

 

Conventional: A four-digit code indicates conventional cultivation, often involving pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
Genetically Modified: A five-digit code starting with 8 denotes genetic modification, designed to resist pests but may involve pesticides.
Organic: A five-digit code starting with 9 signifies organic certification, meaning no synthetic pesticides or fertilizers were used.
MAKING INFORMED CHOICES
Pesticides and Health: Conventional fruits may contain pesticide residues, but they comply with safety standards. Many opt for organic to minimize exposure.
Environmental Impact: Organic farming promotes soil health and sustainability, reducing erosion and chemical runoff. Choosing organic supports eco-friendly practices.

 

Local Farmers: Buying from local farmers supports the local economy, reduces food miles, and often ensures fresher produce. Local farmers may use sustainable practices, even if not certified organic.

EMPOWERING CONSUMER CHOICES
Advocating for transparent food labeling helps consumers make informed choices. Some brands provide extra details about the fruit’s origin and farming practices. Supporting these brands encourages industry transparency.


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