Karen LangDr. Tracy HoganInquiry and Expression10/21/12 GRASPGRASP 1 - To Use GMOs You are a scientific research assistant with expertise in genetically modifiedfoods. You have been hired by the large multinational biotech company Monsanto™,one of the world’s largest producers of GMO (genetically modified organism) seeds.They are currently having some resistance to the addition of GMO farming on LongIsland. The local farmers and community members are worried about the effects of thecrops produced on their community. You have been asked to write a proposal to the community explaining thebenefits of GMO crops and ensure them of their safety. They would like for you toexplain the process used to create a genetically modified organisms, the result of themodifications on the crop and how these modifications can help the community. Explainwhy you feel these methods are the direction the agricultural industry should go in asopposed to maintaining their methods of selective breeding. To do this you must alsoprovide the community with background information about genetics including themakeup of DNA, RNA and how they work together to replicate transcribe and translate.Explain that these GMO seeds have been studied and approved by USDA to ease theirconcerns about safety. Also explain other uses of GMOs so they can learn the
importance of this new technology on their lives and to show them how often they in factare already using many products that have been created by GMOs.GRASP 2 - Or Not to Use GMOs You are the local representative for the New York Farm Bureau, a grassrootsnon-governmental, volunteer organization financed and controlled by member familiesfor the purpose of solving economic and public policy issues challenging the agriculturalindustry. You have been approached by Monsanto™,one of the world’s largestproducers of GMO (genetically modified organism) seeds, to start using their productson your farm. Your community is not in favor of this idea and feels the methods currentlybeing used are more than efficient. You have been asked to explain to the members of Monsanto™ that the localfarmers are not interested in using GMO’s. They would like for you to explain the localfarmers knowledge of DNA, RNA and how they work together to perform replication,transcription and translation. This knowledge of genetics has enabled farmers to masterbreeding techniques that they feel are adequate for their needs. Explain the methodsused in selective breeding and how that can create similar results. Explain the methodused in genetic engineering and why you do not feel that is the direction the localfarmers want to go. Give examples of the ways selective breeding has benefitted theagricultural world and the results of these benefits.
Goal:The obstacles to overcome are the oppositions of the local community to plant GMOcrops in their community to increase food production.Role:Your job is a scientific research assistant.Audience:You need to convince the locals that GMO crops are safe and they would be beneficialto the community.Situation:The challenge involves dealing with local farmers and community members that opposeusing GMO’s.Product, Performance, and Purpose:You will create a proposal explaining all the benefits of using GMO crops in order toconvince the community that it is safe and will increase production.Standards and Criteria for Success:A successful result will educate the people about how GMO’s are created, the positiveuses of GMO’s, and the safety of use.