Biology researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, wanted to know if organic food is healthier than conventionally grown food. To test that, they fed one group of fruit flies an organic diet and a second group a conventional diet.
They found that fruit flies fed the organic diet recorded better health outcomes than flies fed the nonorganic diet. Researchers in the lab of SMU biologist Johannes Bauer found that fruit flies raised on organic foods performed better on various health tests. Flies on organic diets showed improvements on the most significant measures of health, namely fertility and longevity, said high school student Ria Chhabra, who led the study.