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All That Glitters May Not Be Gold
A Troublesome Case of Transgenic Rice
Gerald F. Combs, Jr
In this decision case, a congressional staffer must weigh a number of competing concerns and issues, including popular reactions to genetically modified organisms, in deciding how to present information to her boss, an influential congressman drafting legislation to support agricultural research. The case explores the social and biological issues surrounding micronutrient malnutrition, including deficiencies of several vitamins and essential minerals, especially iron, iodine, and vitamin A, which affect at least one-third of the world’s population, primarily in developing nations. Developed for a graduate-level seminar on “Genomics, Agriculture, Food Systems and Development,” the case teaches about the issues surrounding genomic applications in agriculture and their implications to health, environmental stewardship, economic sustainability, and national development.
|Keywords:||Golden rice; genetic engineering; genetically modified organism; GMO; vitamin A; micronutrients; malnutrition; developing world; food systems; sustainability; South Asia; bioethics|
|Topical Area:||Ethics, Policy issues, Regulatory issues, Social issues, Social justice issues|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate|
|Subject Headings:||Food Science / Technology Biotechnology Botany / Plant Science Nutrition Agriculture Public Health|
|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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