Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Fruit and Vegetable Sticker Labels

Small Stickers - Big Stinkers.

Oh, those itty-bitty teeny-tiny stickers on fruit and vegetables stuck on by machine automation before leaving the packaging plant – sigh! You may have found one once or twice stuck to the side of your sink somewhere after someone washed there fruit or maybe on the side of the plate someone was eating from. It may just be that I am the official sticker disposer at my house at least once I get it off my fingernail and into the garbage anyhow.

Do you know some people collect and trade these? Well times running out for you folk so get trading! Labels that don’t get stuck to your sink by someone picking it off, have gotten washed down the sink drain and are causing problems at the wastewater filter systems because they get attached to screens and filters even block up pipes. Small sticker – big stinkers. Static stickers are easier to remove from the product but they still make there way down our drains so we’ll be saying good bye completely to both of these and hello carbon dioxide laser beams that etch information on the first few outer cells of our fruit and vegetables.

Once etched, the information cannot be distorted, peeled off, washed off or changed. Sounds scary to be a fruit or vegetable these days. So rather than PLU codes, or price look up codes on stickers it’s right on the fruit. Japan is already using scan able bar coding etched into wax on apple skin. So what do mothers there say “don’t forget to de-wax your apple before eating it?” So now that you know my kids won’t be ingesting any stickers it's is also a good idea to know what the coding actually means.

Conventionally grown fruit has 4 digits (pesticides are used in this process)

Genetically engineered has 5 numbers and starts with the number 8 (scientists have messed with it)

Organically grown fruit has 5 and starts with the number 9

I’ll pass this along to you to help you remember what to look for when shopping.

4 no more, 8’s not great, but 9 is fine!

You'd think that since Organic farmers weren't spending their money on pesticides or scientist that their produce would be cheaper.


Nothing to do with this topic per say but has anyone ever known "milk" to go on sale?