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Frankenfoods?

The Debate Over Genetically Modified Crops


Author(s)

http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/collection/detail.html?case_id=232&id=232
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; bioethics

Educational Level

High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate

Format

PDF

Type Methods

Discussion, Jig-Saw, Role-Play, Debate

Language

English

Subject Headings

Agriculture Biotechnology Botany / Plant Science Food Science / Technology


Date Posted

02/01/01

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