Excerpt of an article by The Media Desk:
“To PLU or not to PLU, that is the question.”
And the answer to that question is: Yes, and no. And… it really depends.
Some of the 1500 label codes that appear on fruits and vegetables actually do identify GMO (Genetically Modified Organism), or Organic, or whatever, produce. And some codes don’t. And different codes for the same item may or may not tell you anything special about the produce in question. Most large chain stores use the standardized PLU codes administered by the Produce Marketing Association (see link below), but not all do. The same with shelf labeling as the definitions of organic, non-GMO, free range, fair trade, sustainable, does not contain man-made nanoscale ingredients, and so on, as there is no agreed upon legal definition for any of it, and as of this writing, compliance with any or all of the PMA’s standards is entirely voluntary, and as there is a fee associated with the Association, some smaller chains, wholesalers and local stores don’t belong to it. As for that roadside stand, the ‘informal markets’ if you want the fancy word for them…. you’re kidding yourself.
And on top of all of that, you have to add in a trust level with your wholesaler and retailer and the high school kid that is putting the produce out.
Once the sticker is put on the celery at the processing facility for the hormone filled artificial color sprayed pesticide riddled factory farm by the sticker machine, it is supposed to stay on the product until removed by the consumer. It is supposed to.
You can read the entire article at http://themediadesk.com/files8/gmofood.htm