INSTRUCTIONS FOR GMO Spoc Paper
Write a persuasive writing essay describing whether GMOs are good or bad for the world. Use the SPOC format (pasted below in red)
For the S portion of the paper, students need to describe what are GMOs in a couple of sentences. Use the video link below (the second 1/2 of the video) to help write that portion.
For pros and cons of GMOs, pasted below are the Pros and Cons off of the posters that kids wrote in the class. They are in blue. For the P portion of their paper, they can write “according to the classroom information, _____________” On the line would be the evidence depending on whether they are for or against GMOs.
Finally, the paper will ultimately be written and turned in in the google classroom. The actual template and assignment will be posted Tuesday evening.
Please let me know if you have any questions!
Consult Mr. Spoc(k)!
S – Summarize: Explain the issue and (if Given) state the Author’s point of view of the issue.
P – Present Your Claim: share your position (Your Opinion) on this issue and Support it with Fact Based REASONS Why you’re Right!
O – Opposing Side: Share a Claim Someone from the other side of the issue might make and explain why their argument doesn’t work.
C – Conclusion: Restate your opinion about the issue with a push to convince your audience (in other words, Knock it out of the park)!
GMO’s are good for farmers
GMO supporters say that they can avoid crop losses with GMOs
There won’t be a need for harmful pesticides
Farmers wouldn’t have to spend money and time on large amounts of weed killers.
GMO crops will improve harvest
GMO crops or corn cotton and soybeans in the U.S have increased by 5-8%
GMOs are Tested & Safe
Scientists have modified GM plants to have more nutrients!
GMO’s are safe! (Scientist have tested them on animals)
GMO’s are safe for the environment! (they can contain natural pesticide)
GM crops can hurt the environment.—
One way GMO crops could be harmful is if the invasive plants grew immune to chemicals like weed killer because they cross pollinated with the GMO crop. Then we could not eliminate bad plants.
Some GM plants could hurt or kill other crops like corn.
GMO plants can be invasive and take over and kill other farmers’ crops.
GMO plants can ruin or add chemicals to the soil so no other crops can grow there
Health Benefits of GMOs
Gm foods improve the quality and nutrition of what we eat.
GM plants will create factories that can mass-produce prescription drugs.
GM foods will be better and safer for us to eat. They have higher nutritional content and are typically made with fewer pesticides.
Scientists are trying to add vaccines to foods like bananas and tomatoes because edible vaccines will be easier to ship, store, and administer.
GM foods could help feed an additional three billion malnourished people around the world and starving people in Africa
GM foods have a longer shelf life meaning that they will last longer – less food lost to waste.
Scientist hope to genetically modified foods so that they will have more vitamins and minerals therefore being better for us
GM crops feed our increasing population
They can help veggies, and foods, grow in cold weather
We will need less chemical pesticides when the plants have natural resistance.
Without changes in the crops people will starve/ GM crops will help feed the 7 billion people on Earth
We need technology to help our crops grow because there’s no other way to meeting global food needs
Good for Farmers
Farmers don’t have to spray may chemicals (pesticides)
They can help farmers get rid of harmful/invasive bugs
GM plants can help to kill threatening plants/weeds
GMs help plants survive harsh conditions like draught
improves food quality
GMOs bad for small farms
GMO crops are too expensive for small farms
Rapid introduction of GMO crops may actually threaten agriculture and food
To raise GMO crops you need more fertilizer applications
Researchers have shown that GMO crops produce less product than the actual non-GMO crop
Thousands of GMO crops have been lost, he U.S however doesn’t plan to stop developing these crops
GMOs could be dangerous for your HEALTH
Researchers have found that genetically modified food could be causing cancer
If food continues to be a changed and engineering they could become toxic / dangerous
GMOs cause bacteria in your gut to pick up resistance to antibiotics
Creates new allergies
Could spread a bacterial disease
Long lasting carcinogenic changes
Everyone could be exposed
More GMO’s, Less spray – good for the environment
Farmers use less chemicals when raising crops with herbicide resistance
If a cop boosts its ability to resist invertebrate predators then farmers can use less chemicals
Farmers spray more than 970 million tons of insect+plant killers EVER YEAR
Cross pollination can be worked around to save the environment
GMO’s are bad because they are against Nature—
They use animals genes to better the survival of the crops in certain conditions
Fiddling with the genetic makeup of plants and animals is unnatural
Nature takes millions of years to effect genetic change
When using GMO’s you are trying to change God’s way
In the end do we have the wisdom to substitute human for natural selection? And to play God?
Nature has its own boundaries that we are destroying.
Not Tested and Certified by the FDA—
74% of GM Crops are raised in America and are being sent out without being tested.
The FDA believes that GM crops are exactly the same as regular crops
The companies that are making the GM foods are not required to consult with the FDA even if they may break the FDA recommendations