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How clean are Irish apples? This student put it to the test

A Limerick student looked at organic and non-organic apples for a BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition project.

THEY SAY THAT an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and student Jason Hannan (15), assisted by Jamie O’Connell (15) took that as his starting point for his BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition entry.

The duo are students at St Nessan’s Community College in Limerick, and investigated the vitamin and chemical content of organic and non-organic apples, to make comparisons to determine which is healthier.

Hannan said they spoke to experts from University of Limerick, who showed them how to test sulphur in apples. The test found that organic apples contain a lot of sulphur, but once they are washed the amount of sulphur diminishes.

This project also looked at whether people prefer the taste of organic or non-organic apples. Here are the results:

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