While over 40 other countries, including all of Europe and China, label genetically modified foods for their consumers the United States does not. More than 80 percent of the U.S. food supply contains genetically modified organisms(GMO).
Mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods was put on the November 2012 California ballot. General lack of awareness and advertising from the companies who sell GMO foods helped to prevent this measure passage. This was an awakening for the entire country. The majority of the population do not know what the numbers on a piece of fruit mean.
What do the numbers on your produce mean?
•If this number has four digits it means it is conventionally produced.
• If it is a five digit number starting with the number “8” it means that the food is genetically modified (GMO).
• If the number on the fruit has five digits, but starts with a “9” it means that the food is organically grown.
If the consumer is unaware of the information within these numbers they mean nothing to them. People are purchasing and consuming foods that they do not know could potentially harm their bodies and their children.