Although the U.S. does not require GMOs to be labeled, you can still
find out whether or not your produce is genetically engineered, by
looking at its PLU code. For example:
A conventionally grown product carries a 4-digit PLU code (Ex:
conventionally grown banana: 4011)
An organic product carries a 5-digit code, starting with the number 9:
(Ex: organic banana: 94011)
A genetically engineered (GE or GMO) product has a 5-digit code,
starting with the number 8: (Ex: GE banana: 84011)
Here are a few other fruits that are LOW in pesticide residue, and
therefore good candidates to purchase as conventionally-grown, however,
double-check to make sure you're not buying a GMO variety.
Avocado - A new GMO avocado variety is scheduled to be introduced this
year that is immune to "stress" and pests, per an Indian state report
published in March, 2008.
Bananas - The first GMO banana with extra genes that increase its levels
of pro-vitamin A and iron is being unleashed in Australian field trials
this year. At Cornell University, researchers are also working to
develop a banana that carries the hepatitis B vaccine.
Pineapple -- GMO pineapples, designed to produce greater levels of
proteins, vitamins and sugars may already be on the market. Australia
applied for pineapple into environment all the way back in 2002. The
pineapple is called "Smooth Cayenne," which has delayed flowering and
herbicide resistance. It also contains the tobacco acetolactate synthase
gene (suRB) from Nicotiana tabacum.
Kiwi -- The transgenic variety of kiwi fruit is the Actinidia deliciosa
Remember, if you can't afford to purchase all organic food, at least aim
to buy produce that has a lower toxic load and is non-GMO.