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The Debate Over Genetically Modified Crops
Maha M. Alkhazindar
Nancy A. Schiller
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.
|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|
|Type/Method:||Discussion, Jig-Saw, Role-Play, Debate|
|Subject Headings:||Agriculture Biotechnology Botany / Plant Science Food Science / Technology|
|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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