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The Big Question:

Considering both points of view, does one sides argument outweigh the others?

Debate Preparation: You will participate in a collaborative

discussion, or debate. Next week each student must come to the discussion
prepared with written responses to each of the four questions below.
Use your Benefits & Concerns research
notes (Google doc) & SQWORL resources http://sqworl.com/vbe0ea to
help guide you.
Include CITATIONS (quoted text from
articles, websites, etc.) as evidence of your claims.
Use the argumentative sentence stems &
transitions (last page) to create strong claims.
Be prepared to argue both sides (Pro or
Con) of Genetically Modified Foods.

Color-Coding: Use the following color-codes for the argument writing

Claims (a statement that can be argued and proven with
Citations (quoted evidence from another source)
Statistics (facts with numbers based on data collection)

Commenting: Identify in your own writing when you appeal to each

persuasive technique. Instead of color-coding, use the COMMENT button.
Ethos (Credibility, Reputation, Citing from a university
study, etc.)
Logos (Using Logic, Facts, Statistics, Reason, etc.)
Pathos (Appealing to Emotions, Imagination, Feelings, Fear,

Answer each question in a detailed paragraph(s) using the directions on page 1:

1. Considering both points of view (Benefits & Concerns of GMOs), how

does each sides argument outweigh the others?

GMOs are very controversial in our modern world. Are they safe, healthy, and

beneficial? These questions dont have just one answer, but we do know GMOs could feed

millions of starving people in the world suffering from malnutrition. We know approximately

3.1 million children die from hunger each year, and we know productivity will go up 1.5 times

in Africa using GM seeds that tolerate drought (Ted Talks). This proves that GMOs will

greatly influence the food some countries are capable of producing, therefore reducing the

level of hunger. So why aren't we using GMOs? Now that's a good question.

It's clear GMOs have a variety of benefits, but there has to be some reason people

are so against GMOs. GMOs are meant to be improved, but they will do more harm than good

to people with allergies. For example, if I were to take a gene from a peanut and put that

gene in an apple, someone with a peanut allergy might eat this apple. They would have a

dangerous allergic reaction, and maybe even die. Researchers estimate that up to 15 million

Americans have food allergies (www.foodallergy.org). All those people will have to be wary

of GMOs at the very least. It has been estimated that upwards of 75% of processed foods

on supermarket shelves from soda to soup, crackers to condiments contain genetically

engineered ingredients.(About Genetically Engineered Foods). Imagine all those people who

wont be able to eat 75% of the food available to them.

Are GMOs worth it? I believe they are, but you cant deny there are costs. GMOs
are far from perfect. Better labeling laws and more research can only improve them. When

you think of GMOs, think of the millions of people who need them right now. GMOs are their

future, and we cant hold them back any longer.

2. If you were the President of the United States with a struggling

economy, high obesity, and overpopulation, would you encourage more GMO production or
restrict it?
If I were President of the United States with people lining the streets begging for

food because of overpopulation, I would definitely support GMOs. I couldnt imagine anyone

living like that! With my citizens starving on the streets, how could I not? Ive learned that

49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table (11 Facts About Hunger). The

human population has grown at a breakneck pace and threatens to further exacerbate a

problem that has worsened in recent years: chronic hunger. Genetically modified crops could

help to relieve this problem by providing increased yields and being more resistant to

environmental stressors (harvard.edu) If millions of people need more food, then my choice

is pretty clear. My country is in need of help, and I can supply it if I simply approve GMOs.

GMOs will insure our future as a well-fed, stable country.

3. Considering GMO foods you have researched, which do you believe is

most beneficial (helpful) to a civilization and why?

I think the GMO that is the most beneficial to a civilization are any GMOs that

grow. I say this because faster growing food would reduce starvation, a leading cause of

death in many countries. Roughly 30% of Africas population were hungry in 2010, but

productivity will go up 1.5 times in Africa using GM seeds that tolerate drought (Ted

Talks). There are GMOs that make food taste better, but in comparison to feeding the

hungry, I dont think those are the most beneficial to the human race. GMOs that make food

grow faster will heal many starving counties, and in my opinion, that means it is the most

beneficial GMO.
4. Which GMO foods do you believe is most detrimental (harmful) to a

civilization and why?

In my opinion, GM corn could be incredibly detrimental to the environment, and in

turn, civilization. The majority of corn in the US is modified to kill bugs(this is not the only

food modified in this way, but it is the most common). Corn is the No. 1 crop grown in the

U.S. and nearly all of it 88 percent is genetically modified. (Top 7 Genetically Modified

Crops). Imagine the scenario from the Bill Nye video the population of bugs go down,

leading to a chain reaction that ends with the extinction of the human race. That's pretty


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