Golden Rice – Evaluating the Pros and Cons

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More than half the world's population eats rice as a daily staple ... imagine if that rice could prevent illness. Scientists genetically engineered rice to include vitamin A for just that purpose. However, room for debate still exists. Scholars read two articles on golden rice with contrary conclusions and must decide what they believe.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss multiple approaches to solve the vitamin A problem rather than just golden rice
  • Encourage everyone arguing both sides rather and seeing that the same facts often lead to different conclusions
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of scientific arguments and vitamin A
Pros

  • Encourages healthy debate
  • Offers opportunities to read critically and consider fact versus opinion
Cons

  • None