Cracking the Code

Do you know what those numbered stickers on fresh fruit and vegetables mean?

Well according to the December issue of Publix Greenwise Market magazine; each sticker is labeled with a four- or five-digit code called a Price Look-Up number. These codes are used to speed up the scanning process for grocery store cashiers, but can also reveal to you how your produce was grown.

The 5-digit codes beginning with a 9: organic
The 5-digit codes beginning with an 8: genetically modified
The 4-digit codes beginning with a 3 or 4: conventionally grown

I will definitely be looking for the number 9’s as a first choice. I’ll also be doing some price comparison on my next shopping trip to see how the price differences match up. If the difference in price between the organic and the conventially grown produce is more than 20% I will probably get the conventionally grown pesticide saturated produce.


  1. Sallie says

    Thanks, Hadias, for the info. We are shopping the farmers market right now in southwest AZ.. It is nice! I love buying the veggies that have been packaged organic. Now, I know what code to look for too.

    God bless,


  2. Chayil says

    Have you ever searched to net for a farmercollective near you? In the netherlands we have a bout 3 farmercollectives you can prescribe and get organicly grown veggies and fruits for a much lower price than in the stores. I am spoiled caus where I live we have so much farmers around us I can often buy organic fruits and veggies for the whole family for less than 15 euro’s a week.

    If this is not available in the US then please read this article on how to clean fruits and veggies that were grown with pesticides:


  3. Hadias says

    I most certainly did Angi. Do you see the prices of the organic stuff. I think I will end up paying one way or another though…either on the front end with the high price of organic produce or on the back end with some sort of pesticide induced cancer.

    Thanks for visiting.


  4. ~ Angi :) says

    {chuckle!} I couldn’t help but laugh at seeing this statement in black and white:

    “I will probably get the conventionally grown pesticide saturated produce.

    *sigh* the dry wit came across loud and clear. 🙂

    I trust you meant it to ! LOLOL


  5. Rain says

    WOW thanks for posting this fabulous information! Who knew? I am definately going to be looking for the organic as well.

    We buy organic a lot, in fact we scarifice other things for that because we are concerned about the pesticides in the conventional stuff, but it is usually a lot more expensive.


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