Friday, July 20, 2012

Are You Really Avoiding GMOs?

Although I’ve seen a lot of useful information shared through social media, I’ve also seen some not-so-useful, misleading information, such as the picture below:

Is this really THE WHOLE STORY??
Now, to provide a bit of background, price look-up codes (PLUs) are ID numbers associated to produce in grocery stores to assure accurate and efficient inventory control and check-out. What does this mean?  These numbers have nothing to do with you!  They are made for grocery stores to help them run a more efficient business.  Also (here’s the important part), the use of these PLU codes is a VOLUNTARY protocol set forth by the International Federation for Produce Standards (IFPS).  A five digit PLU code starting with an ‘8’ would imply that it is genetically modified, but many grocers don’t use it!  Most importantly, while the presence of an ‘8’ means that the produce is genetically modified, the absence of an ‘8’ does NOT mean that the produce is NOT genetically modified!  Looking for the ‘8’ is helpful as an initial check, but if there’s only a 4-digit number, that means you have to dig a little deeper to find out whether the produce is non-GMO.

                Fortunately, there are online resources available, such as The Non-GMO Project, The Non-GMO Shopping Guide, plus much more, so DO YOUR RESEARCH!

Conclusion: The absence of an 8 does NOT imply non-GMO.  If you really want to be sure, purchase organic foods (five digit PLU code starting with a ‘9’), find local organic farms, supermarkets, and/or farmer's markets in your area, and do proper research to identify grocery stores and supermarket suppliers that provide non-GMO products.

Dr. Dozie
"I don't live to eat...I eat to live!!"


Windset Farms said...

Hi there. When we posted this image back in June, it generated some feedback very similar to yours.

After considering the comments of our friends and fans, we thought it best to remove it and re-post with a revised image. Although the information was technically true, when we took a second look, we realized it didn't quite tell the whole story.

As you quite rightly pointed out, using PLU codes that indicate GMO is only voluntary at this time and, as you might imagine, companies aren't exactly lining up to announce that their products are GMO...

Should mandatory GMO labeling laws (see upcoming California Proposition 37) be instituted, the International Federation for Produce Standards could provide the standard.

This is the revised image with very clear language.

Keep up the good work (the story of your transformation is amazing) and good luck with BN Shape!

Your Friends in Freshness

Dozie Onunkwo, Ph.D. said...

First of all, THANK YOU FOR REACHING OUT! I guess people do actually read my blog haha! I honestly didn't know where this photo came from, I only saw it through my FB network and thought I should talk about it. But we are definitely on the same page. I agree that I couldn't see any company willingly announcing that they produce GMO products.

I'll be sure to post a follow-up blog with your response and link your FB pic via my blog and FB networks (BN Shape and FB pages).

Thanks again for checking out my blog, I hope you keep in touch, I'll be hitting up your FB page!

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There are people that want to lose weight but just couldn't. They just lack discipline and they need a lot of hypnosis for weight loss to regain that discipline.

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