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Put students in the role of scientists and farmers. Below, we list four plants for which G.M.O. foods are a very real possibility. Have students pick one or more to research and then make a decision and explain why. Would they choose to grow the G.M.O. crop or not?

2. Grow the G.M.O. or Not? You Decide.

3. An Overreliance on Pesticides?

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It’s great to see credible news sources provide a balanced view of the GMO issue. Encouraging teachers to help students understand the trade offs and the scientific, fact-based justifications behind the positives and negatives of GMOs is the right way to approach it. So many people are emotionally charged on this issue and so often they know nothing about it. Many people buy into the elitist -all -natural- propoganda touted by Whole Foods and other premium brands. They are appealing to consumer’s fears and relying little on the actual scientific outcomes brought by GMOs, including human and environmental health benefits. One rule of thumb no matter what side you are on; not all GMOs are (or should be) created equal.

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In addition to the above questions, make sure you ask the students these as well, so they get a well-rounded picture of the issue instead of the one-sided one above that you seem to want to brainwash them with:

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Ask students to write an answer to the following question, and then discuss briefly: Would you choose to eat French fries or mashed potatoes made from this new G.M.O. potato? Why or why not?

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The topic of genetically modified organisms elicits opposing reactions from different groups. Some are excited by new scientific discoveries, increased agricultural efficiency and expanded profits. Others are angry about potential health risks and a range of possible threats to the environment, including increased pesticide use, which can endanger insects like the .

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A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday.

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The biotech tubers were developed by the J. R. Simplot Company, a privately held company based in Boise, Idaho, which was the initial supplier of frozen French fries to McDonald’s in the 1960s and is still a major supplier. The company’s founder, Mr. Simplot, who died in 2008, became a billionaire.

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The potato is one of a new wave of genetically modified crops that aim to provide benefits to consumers, not just to farmers as the widely grown biotech crops like herbicide-tolerant soybeans and corn do. The nonbruising aspect of the potato is similar to that of genetically engineered nonbrowning apples, developed by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, which are awaiting regulatory approval.

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But the approval comes as some consumers are questioning the safety of genetically engineered crops and demanding that the foods made from them be labeled. Ballot initiatives calling for labeling were rejected by voters in Oregon and Colorado this week, after food and seed companies poured millions of dollars into campaigns to defeat the measures.