Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Assignment

Your informative literature review will be 1750-2250 words (body of review, not including bibliography) long on an approved topic relating to genetically modified organisms. You will present your review in a 10 minute class presentation using PowerPoint (or similar presentation software) on Tuesday, December 20th beginning at 1:45pm.

You will submit a 250 word topic proposal along with three references by 9:00pm on Tuesday, November 8th. I will evaluate and approve/not approve.

You can use APA (American Psychological Association) style. It is most commonly used to cite sources. Click here

Paper guidelines:

  • Your work should be double-spaced, 12-point Times Roman font with 1-inch margins.

  • Your assignment must be emailed to me as a Microsoft Word file and the file name will be in the form of:

    • Lastname.Firstname.GMOs.doc(x)


GMO Proposal Due on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 by 9:00pm

GMO Informative Literature Review Paper due on:

 ***** Sunday, December 11, 2016 by 9:00pm *****

Possible informative literature review questions to answer:
  • What is a genetically engineered organism (food)? Are there variations in the definition? Give examples.
  • Are genetically engineered foods safe to eat? Yes or no or maybe.
  • How do US rules regarding genetically engineered food compare to Europe?
  • What are the risks of genetically engineered foods?
  • Who ensures the safety of genetically engineered food?
  • What are the basics of biotechnology used in creating genetically engineered organisms?
  • What are the major genetically engineered crops on the market in the US?
  • What is the Food & Drug Administration's (FDA) policy on genetically engineered plants from its 1992 Statement of Policy?
  • What are safety consultation letters within the FDA?
  • What is Codex Alimentarius? What is its purpose?
  • What is the American Medical Association policy on bioengineered foods, passed at June, 2012 AMA meeting?
  • What are some of the unintended effects in genetic engineering breeding of plants?
  • Discuss some of the animal feeding studies completed about genetically engineered plants.
  • Who has conducted most of the studies demonstrating that genetically engineered foods are as nutritional and safe as those obtained by conventional breeding? What is your opinion about this?
  • How do crop yields of genetically engineered food crops compare to yields of non-engineered crops?
  • Do genetically engineered crops reduce pesticide use?
  • Should genetically engineered foods be labeled as such? What are the pros and cons of labeling or not labeling?
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