Transgenic plants II: economy, environment
EIBE Unit 10 is a role play. It is based on the decision an
imaginary town council has to make as to whether or not they
should give permission to a local plant breeding firm, to develop
and release transgenic plants. Although the methodology is oriented
towards a rôle-play the materials can also be used as background
for a debate. Information is given about the town, risk assessment,
trials on the release of transgenic plants in different countries,
as well as newspaper articles, etc.
The Unit is cross referenced to Unit 9, which gives more scientific
background to understanding how transgenic plants are made and
what steps and regulations are taken before they can be released
into the environment. Societal issues are emphasised more than
scientific concepts. The Unit could therefore also be appealing
to non-science teachers and students.