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RiaCongratulations to Ria Chhabra, whose middle-school science fair project on organic food and fruit flies led to top honors in a national science competition, research in a university lab and publication in a prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Ria started out by comparing levels of vitamin C in organic produce v. conventionally farmed food. Her experiments showed that organic produce had more vitamin C. Then, she tested whether fruit flies raised on organic produce had better health than those raised on conventional produce.

"The flies raised on diets from organically grown produce had greater fertility and longevity," she wrote in her scientific paper. "On certain food sources, greater activity and greater stress resistance was additionally observed, suggesting that organic food bestows positive effects on fly health."

Now 16, Ria continues her research on fruit flies and diet. She's studying the effect of cinnamon and curcumin (turmeric) on diabetes in fruit flies for her 10th-grade science fair project. Read more about Ria in the New York Times.

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