Is Organic Really Better?
Lialah Mavani
Mulgrave School
Floor Location : J 229 H

The purpose of this lab, is to test which of the two types of vegetables and fruits, conventionally grown (non-organic) or organically grown (organic), contain the most nitrates. This will help to determine which type of produce is safer to eat.

If the level of nitrates in organic and conventionally grown produce are compared, organically grown produce will have lower levels of nitrates because of the type of fertilizer used in the growth process. This is the main difference between organically grown and conventionally grown produce. Both types of produce use fertilizers, but these fertilizers are different from each other. The difference is that organically grown produce is grown without the use of synthetic products. Instead, organically grown produce uses natural fertilizers. Natural fertilizers are essentially organic products. This means, that they can be extracted from living things or from the earth, including plants or animals. Some examples of natural fertilizers include cow dung and horse manure. Conventionally grown produce uses synthetic fertilizers, these fertilizers contain nitrates that are then absorbed into the produce, which then increase the levels of nitrates. If this is true, then organically grown produce should have lower levels of nitrates than conventionally grown produce. This will then prove the point that organic foods are not only thought to be safer for human consumption, they should be valued more, and although they cost more, the cost is worth it. (“Fertilizers and Crop Yield”)