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    Genetically Engineered


    Friend or Foe?


           Introduction     Quest       Investigate        Resources          Task            Evaluation



    Imagine this...an orange that contains all the nutrients in a multivitamin, a tomato with more flavor as well as cancer fighting substances, sweeter strawberries, a potato that produces healthier french fries, allergen-free peanuts, a rice high in beta-carotene as well as bananas that deliver needed vaccines.

     Tomato Is this science fiction or real science?

    It's real science and it is happening in laboratories today as genetically engineered foods. To many scientists this is a very exciting time to enter a new frontier called food biotechnology.

    The QUEST

    What are genetically engineered foods and are they dangerous to our health and to the environment?


    In this Quest you will be working as a team. Each team of students will complete assigned tasks that will assist them in answering "The Quest".  As a contributing member of the group you will explore the topic of "Genetically Engineered Foods" from various Internet resources.


    First we all need to understand the basics of GE and GM foods.  This website, Field of Genes, explains the basics behind the science. Transgenic manipulation is how many crops are genetically modified.  Also checkout this website which discuses the differences between plants grown traditionally and GM. Another great website How Stuff Works also explains the basics of biotech crops.

    In general biotech crops are on the rise !  Over 282 million acres of land on earth are planted with biotech crops! In 2007, the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India and China continued to be the principal adopters of biotech crops globally.


    Use the Explore More Site to investigate these basic questions:
    1.) What is food biotechnology?
    2.) What are genetically engineered foods?
    3.) What are the potential benefits of genetically engineered foods overall?4.) What are the potential risks of genetically engineered foods overall?


    These online databases are a great resource for information:
    Search words include:
    Bioengineering or biotechnology, BT corn, transgene or transgenesis, recombinant DNA, genetically modified or engineered food and crops

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    NMS Library Catalog
    Science Daily- GM in the News

    Gather information for our World Food Conference by answering these Essential questions.

    The conference will be hosted as a "Socratic Seminar"

    The following perspectives will be represented as these parties are invested in our QUEST to find answers about GM foods.






    1. Does biotech food save farmers time and money?

    1. What are the benefits of genetically engineered foods?

    1. What are the health benefits of GE food?


    1. Should GE food be labeled and why?


    1. What are the potential benefits of food biotechnology to the environment?

    2. Can GE crops breed with my non GE crops making unpredictable outcomes?

    2. What are the risks of genetically engineered foods?


    2. What are the health risks of GE foods?

    2. What are the benefits of labeling GE food?

    2. What are the potential risks of food biotechnology to the environment?

    3. Can the use of GE crops reduce the amount of water and pesticide used?

    3. Do the benefits outweigh the risks and why?

    3. Should GE foods be labeled?


    3. What are the risks or labeling GE food?


    3. Do the benefits outweigh the risks and why?

    The following
    RUBRIC will be used during the World Food Conference
Last Modified on April 19, 2012