Most GMOs are herbicide tolerant and resistant to infestation and disease, David Friedman, ND says. That means farmers can more liberally use herbicides and pesticides, and those toxins end up in our food, and studies indicate serious health risks may be associated with GMO consumption, including infertility, accelerated aging, and liver dysfunction.

The question is, how can you tell when a food has been genetically modified?

A trick for figuring out which food at the grocery store has been genetically modified is by looking for a sticker on all grocery store produce. Here’s how to crack its numerical code:

Organic produce has a five-digit code beginning with “9.”

Conventionally grown produce has a four-digit code.

GMO produce begins with “8″.

If you find yourself staring down the business end of a four-digit PLU, you can look for the “USDA Certified Organic” or “Non-GMO Project’s Product Verification” labels, neither of which can be used unless the food is GMO-free. If you don’t see a five-digit PLU beginning “9,” assume it’s GMO. Because 90 percent of all soybean and corn grown in the US is GMO, most foods containing corn or soybean, or any derivative thereof, is GMO. Other popular GMO ingredients include sugar, aspartame, canola oil, dairy, and canola.

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