Check this out! It’s the same golden delicious apple. The apple to the left was grown in NY State, and the apple to the right was grown somewhere in the U.S. The amish farmer I got my apples from didn’t speak english :( so I didn’t get to ask him any questions. BUT, when in doubt and your produce has a sticker— this is how to read it!
- If your produce has 4 digits starting with a 3 or 4, it means the produce was conventionally grown. The produce was sprayed with weed killers and chemical pesticides, meaning it was “conventionally grown, but not organic.”
- If it has 5 digits, and begins with a 9, it means that the produce was organically grown. You can be sure that this produce was not treated with any chemicals.
- A 5 digit code that begins with an 8 indicates that the produce was genetically modified (man intervened by manipulating the genes to produce a larger or brighter colored food). This produce may have been chemically treated.