GMO's (or Genetically Modified Organisms) have presented quite a controversy forcing governments to create legislation concerning their use as well as inhibit funding for research in the development of drought and pest resistant crops for underdeveloped countries. Words like "Frankenfoods" have been coined by green activists to convey what they believe is a threat to the human race. While on the other hand, proponents of genetic modification tout that GMO's such as miniaturized crop varieties will be needed to feed an increasing world population faced with climate change.
In this activity you will examine several press articles and videos, then write a composition of your own using the sources provided below.
While you're watching the videos below, think about the following questions:
An animated video sponsored by Natural News
Bill Nye Investigates Genetically Modified Foods
With a partner or in a group divided into 2, conduct a debate adopting the two positions outlined below. Once you have chosen your positions take some time to prepare your debate based on the materials presented above.
Position A. You think that since the human race has been genetically manipulating its food supply for generations, that modern genetic manipulation is perfectly safe and necessary to for the future. Cite examples from the texts and videos above or from your own research.
Position B. You believe that the modern methods of genetic manipulation of the world's food supply are potentially dangerous and that only natural alternatives should be relied upon. Find examples to support your argument from the texts and videos above or from your own research.
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