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Frankenfoods?

The Debate Over Genetically Modified Crops



Co Authors:

Bill Rhodes
Department of Horticulture
Clemson University
brhodes@clemson.edu

Maha M. Alkhazindar
Biotechnology
Cairo University

Nancy A. Schiller
University Libraries / National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
University at Buffalo
schiller@buffalo.edu

Abstract:

This discussion case, in which a university research laboratory is vandalized by environmental activists opposed to genetic engineering, focuses on the science and ethics of genetically modified crops. Students consider both the risks and benefits of biotechnology and explore the positions of various stakeholders, including environmentalists, conservationists, agricultural businesses, research scientists, and farmers. Originally written for a vegetable crops course, the case would be appropriate for a wide variety of courses in which biotechnology is discussed.

Objectives:
  • Debate the advantages and disadvantages of genetically modified crops.
  • Become aware of the economic and socio-political issues associated with increasing corporate control of our food supply.
  • Discuss the ethics of modifying the genes of an organism.
Keywords: Genetically modified organism; GMO; agricultural biotechnology; plant genetics; food production; bio-piracy; developing world; environmental activism
Topical Area: Ethics, Policy issues, Regulatory issues, Social justice issues
Educational Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Discussion, Jig-Saw, Role-Play, Debate
Language: English
Subject Headings: Agriculture   Biotechnology   Botany / Plant Science   Food Science / Technology  
Date Posted: 02/01/01
Date Modified: N/A
Copyright: Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.

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