WARNING: You Should Never Buy Produce With a Sticker That Begins With 8 – Here’s Why!


You’ve probably never wondered just what those long barcode numbers you get on everything from apples to zucchinis mean, but they do have a meaning, and a special one at that. It turns out they’re really quite important!


Number 3 and 4

Codes that start with a “3” or “4” means that this product is grown conventionally. Conventional farming mean pesticides and chemicals may be used on these crops to make them grow faster, and stronger to aid the farmer and make the most out of their land. Often rather cheap, these items are ok to consume if you are shopping on a budget. The best conventionally grown items to pick up are:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Avocados
  • Onions
  • Cabbage

Number 8

If you’re wondering which number you want to stay away from, its number ‘8’. Any food which its code starts with an ‘8’ means that this food has been genetically engineered.Genetically engineered food is produced by humans, or machines, in an artificial environment to make the most money for the food producer at the cost of the health value of the food. Genetically engineered food should be avoidedas much as possible if you can help it.
Number 9
If health is at the forefront of your mind, you will be wanting to seek out items starting with a ‘9’. This means the food is organic. Organic food is 100% natural, it has been grown without the aid of chemicals or pesticides in a natural environment. Not only does organic food taste better, it has been scientifically proven to be better for you. Organic is the best way to go with every food,but some of the best organic varieties of foods to buy are:
  • Apples
  • Cucumbers
  • Kale
  • Bell Peppers
If you want to learn more about where your food comes from, and support local farmers, you may consider joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture, where you can meet local farmers who provide you with your produce and learn more about the benefits of buying local, and buying organic.

The Benefits of Eating Local, Organic Produce:

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