The evolution of the GE Foods Debate

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Every year, Dr. Whited’s biology class participates in a heated debate regarding genetically engineered foods. It all begins with research in the library–from websites, to databases, to books–students gather information and are divided into groups. This is where things get interesting! These groups consist of farmers, environmentalists, food processors/retailers, lawmakers, citizens, and scientists. Each group has to choose and then defend their pro- or anti-GE foods stance (sometimes members of a group may not even agree with each other.)

Sounds fun, right? Well, it gets better! On the first day of debates, each group has to give their opening statement in costume! We were delighted by the farmer hats and scientist garb in particular. One pair of citizens were a married couple (played by Aidan and Brad) who disagreed on GE foods although they both believed the foods should be labeled–this disagreement was handled in an interesting way in their opening statement video. A group of food processors brought in several brands of potato chips and asked the audience to guess which one actually labels the chips as GMO. The second day features a roundtable debate, with each group asking the others leading questions. The only rule is that there is no table-jumping/strangling allowed. It’s always interesting to watch!

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