All of the European Union nations, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries require the mandatory labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients–the U.S. does not.
As a result, food manufacturers in all those countries choose to use non-genetically engineered ingredients–the U.S. did not.
However, there is atleast one way to tell whether or not the fruit you eat is a GMO (Genetically Modified Organism)–the sticker. Yes, those colorful stickers we proudly wore on our shirts as kids actually serve a purpose–but you need to know how to decipher their code.
Don’t worry, it’s easy.
Got a pencil?
On each sticker is a number. The number tells you how the fruit was grown.
A 4 digit number means it was conventionally grown (using chemicals).
A 5 digit number beginning with a 9 means it was grown organically.
A 5 digit number beginning with an 8 means it was genetically modified
So by looking at the photo of the dole banana you know it is organic because of the 5 digit number beginning with 9, although in this case the sticker also proudly says “Organic”–even easier. But why then do we not proudly label a fruit (or any food for that matter) “GMO”?
Read the Organic Consumers section on Gentically Engineered Foods to answer that question.
Or, watch this video!
Finally, take action on this website.
And if you have a desire for some fruit sticker mosaic art visit Barry “Wildman” Snyder’s art website!
image credit: The Fair Tracing Project