By EMILY FORD, Salisbury Post

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — A collaboration at the could help determine whether organically grown food is more nutritious than food grown by conventional methods.

Dole Food’s director at the Research Campus wants to test vegetables grown at the Cabarrus County training farm to learn more about the nutrition content of local, organic food.

"The implication of that is far-reaching," said Debbie Bost, Cabarrus County Cooperative Extension director.

While farmers suspect that locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables pack a bigger nutritional punch, they have little scientific evidence, Bost said.

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