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Help with my Biology EE ( pesticides and cancer rates)

Extended Essay Biology Pesticides Cancer agriculture
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My current RQ is "Is there a significant correlation between the pesticides used and the cancer rates in my county?"

I plan to survey local agricultural farmers in my area to see what pesticides they use on their crops and see if it correlates to cancer rates. Is this a good enough topic for an EE?


I also thought of looking into organic vs. inorganic farming, but haven't been able to come up with any possible RQ's, any suggestions?




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I would suggest you go for an experiment-based essay, since these generally tend to do much better than surveys. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong (I'm too lazy to look up the rubric right now...) but I think there's a requirement that Biology essays have an experimental aspect to them? I do know for a fact however that theoretical science essays tend to score low, mostly Ds.



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There's no requirement per say to having to do an experiment for a biology EE, but if you're serious about scoring well, you're going to have to do an experiment. Theoretical essays or ones that base their results off data tend to do very poorly for some reason. Agreeing with the above poster, you'll probably want to change your topic to something you can experiment with.

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