posted on Jun, 24 2013 @ 01:07 AM
Mods: this is my second thread and I am not sure I am placing it in the best location. Please move if necessary.
I have been noticing something strange with corn on the cob that I have gotten in the past year or so. This may be a locality thing or it may be much
worse. I moved to the mid-west about 2 years ago. I grew up in Boston for about 20+ years and then spent another 20+ living in various locales up
and down the west coast and I have enjoyed many summers with corn as part of my meals and mostly fresh on the cob whenever possible.
Since I moved to the mid-west, I have had some ears of corn that were a nice uniform yellow all around and then, usually in the top 1/3 of the ear, I
would find one or two bright red, like my grandmother's lipstick red, shining out at me. I have seen some corn in the past with an occasional darker
kernel here and there. Usually a brownish-red and sometimes even a deep red but never any with that shade of red that looks like blood. Although I
usually buy my corn from the local stands throughout the city who claim non-GMO, every now and then, I end up with some from the produce aisle and
even though they usually state the same, I have been wondering because it is usually among these ones that have found this this trait.
I recently spent some time looking online to see if you can tell visually but I have not found anything definite yet.
I did find on this site: Healing naturally by Bee
The following to do with produce codes which we may all want to remember:
Look at Produce Stickers
Those little stickers on fruit and vegetables contain different PLU codes depending on whether the fruit was conventionally grown, organically grown
or genetically engineered.
The PLU code for conventionally grown fruit consists of four numbers, organically grown fruit five numbers prefaced by the number 9, and GM fruit five
numbers prefaced by the number 8.
• Conventionally grown PLU: 1022
• Organically grown PLU: 91022
• Genetically modified PLU: 81022
In terms of fruit, another strategy is to avoid hybrid varieties, which are fruits that have been altered by humans. Typically hybrid fruits contain
more sugar than regular varieties so they taste sweeter and can be picked out because generally they don't contain seeds (seedless watermelon,
seedless grapes, etc.). Although there are also seeded hybrid varieties, avoiding seedless fruits is one of the more prominent ways to avoid hybrid
I will start checking the codes on the store bought produce from now on but I figured I would write a thread here and see if anybody else has other
ways to tell.