Date of Award

Fall 2017

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Dr. Evan Lampert

Second Advisor

Dr. Davison Sangweme

Abstract

Fruits and vegetables provide vital nutrients, vitamins, and enzymes that are essential for everyday function and a healthy lifestyle (Lassale, et al., 2016; “Getting vitamins from food (not pills)”, 2011; Rodriguez-Casado, 2016). Long-term benefits of consuming fresh farm produce include protection from many chronic medical conditions and illnesses, such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer due to their antioxidant effects (Oyebode, et al., 2014; Rodriguez-Casado, 2016). Additionally, fruit and vegetable consumption has been shown to benefit psychological health by improving overall happiness and well-being and decreasing depression and anxiety (Conner, et al., 2017). However, these physical and psychological benefits do not come without a risk.

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