I have made a handy infographic to help you navigate the produce aisle.
Please note that I am not an alarmist, and there currently is NO hard scientific evidence that all Genetically Modified products are problematic. In fact, many varieties of fruits that we love can technically be called GMO(Honeycrisp Apples, anyone?) because of cross-pollination or hybridization.
I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject, though, and remain with an open mind to both sides of the debate. However, I do lean more towards it not really being an issue for human health. The internet seems to thrive on scaring everyone to death with little unbiased, empirical evidence. So try to stay calm about it, and don’t annoy your friends by posting overblown scare mongering images on Facebook. 🙂
That said, I do believe in being INFORMED, and knowing what you’re buying. If you want to avoid it, that’s your prerogative, and I’m not going to hassle you over it.
It will be a rare day for you to actually find the “8” code in store.
Many non-GMO producers have begun labeling their items as GMO-free, however. If you want to avoid Genetically Modified foods, it may be more prudent to look for those labels.