After listening to her parents passionately argue the value of certified organic foods, Ria Chhabra created a Science Fair Project to test the effects of feeding fruit flies organic bananas, raisins, potatoes and soybeans, against their conventionally-grown varieties.
By nearly every measure, including longevity, fertility and oxidative stress, the organic flies produced more offspring and lived longer than the conventionally-fed flies. Longevity and fertility are two of the most important life traits of an animal and are excellent indicators of overall health.
Ria chose the fruit fly model due to their short lifespan, which allows scientists to quickly evaluate basic biological effects. Her research professor at Southern Methodist University was so impressed, he encouraged Ria to publish her results, titled Organically Grown Food Provides Health Benefits to Drosophila melanogaster, on PLOS-ONE. (A peer-reviewed, open-access online journal.)
Greens Plus congratulates Ria for successfully proving what Big Agriculture and Big Pharma have tried to disprove for nearly 100 years. Need help eating more organic foods? Try Greens Plus Organic Superfood.
Christopher Daniels is Executive Vice-President of Greens Plus. He studied Holistic Nutrition at the Clayton College of Natural Health and currently directs Superfood Research and Product Development.