You know those little annoying stickers on the produce you pick up at the market? You know, the ones you have to peel off before you can bite into that ripe fruit? Pay attention to that little sticker before you buy, because the sign may say “organic” but the produce may not be.
Those little stickers aren’t only to help the cashier ring up the item, it separates the organic from the…well…the mass produced, treated crop.
Want to know what stickers indicate a true, organic item?
- The green and white USDA Organic sticker
- Any sticker that says “certified” and lists the name of the grower
- Take a look at the number near the bar code. If the sequence starts with “9” it’s organic
And which aren’t organic?
- Just because it has a pretty “organic” sticker on it doesn’t mean it is
- Does the number near the bar code begin with a “3” or a “4”? Then it’s not organic and has been treated or modified
Next time you are out looking for fresh, truly organic produce take a few seconds to read the sticker and ignore the cute signage. Your body will thank you for it.