What is genetically modified (GM) food?
Genetically modified food uses modern biotechnology or gene technology, which is also called Genetic engineering, which allows selected individual genes to be transferred from one plant species to another and then used to grow GM plants and food crops. Genes from animals and other plants are literally shot into the cells of plants to create super crops that are larger, more resistant to bugs, and have longer shelf lives. One example may be to take genes from a fruit fly and inject them into a tomato, attempting to make the tomatoes repel the flies. Now we’re eating the genes of that fruit fly, which is not Vegan-friendly.
All produce has a label on it with a few numbers, here’s a guide to what the numbers mean and which are truly Vegan & safe to eat.
Genetically Modified Fruit Labels
Code starting with the number 8
Example – 8879
Conventional Fruit Labels
Grown with herbicides & harmful fertilizers
Four digit code usually starting with the number 4
Example – 4489
Organic Fruit Labels
Five digit code starting with the number 9
Example – 97044
So next time you go shopping, remember these critical numbers and know how to avoid purchasing inorganic and GM fruits.