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Genetically modified food: divided perspectives

Imagine that farmers were able to droughtproof or pest-proof their crops. Manipulating genes in food can provide solutions to many farming and food supply problems. However, not everyone agrees on how this new technology should be used. Watch this clip to find out why some Australian farmers are divided on this issue.

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Greenpeace takes a stand against GM crops

Watch Greenpeace activists mow down a research crop of genetically modified (GM) wheat grown by CSIRO. Consider some arguments for and against GM foods and find out the number of GM crops being trialled around Australia.

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GM bananas

Meet a scientist who is genetically modifying bananas to make them more nutritious. Learn about some of the benefits and concerns about using gene technologies to modify foods.

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Who funds GM research trials?

Genetically modified (GM) foods are expensive to develop. They are often created through research partnerships between publicly funded scientists and private corporations. This offers advantages but also raises concerns about research objectivity and potential bias. Explore some of the issues surrounding the commercialisation ...

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Winning the race to feed a growing population

The race is on to produce higher crop-yielding plants that will feed an ever-growing world population. See how scientists at the Plant Accelerator facility are investigating ways of increasing crop production. Some are focusing on conventional plant-breeding techniques while others are using GM (genetic modification) technology.

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GM foods: pros and cons

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of growing genetically modified crops on a farm. Explore possible effects on public health, biodiversity and the economy. This learning object is one in a series of two objects.

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GM foods: future choice

Investigate the advantages and disadvantages of growing genetically modified crops on a farm. Compare the characteristics of genetically modified and non-genetically modified canola. Explore possible effects on public health, biodiversity and the economy. Recommend whether or not to grow genetically modified canola. This ...

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Gene technology

This collection of 24 digital curriculum resources is organised into five categories - how genes work, techniques of gene technology, applications and examples, GM food and genetic engineering in fiction. Interactive learning objects explore the nature of genes and how they are manipulated. There are images of cells under ...

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Choice: food warnings and safety

This is a web page providing reviews of various food products, packaging and production in terms of food safety including food hygiene, genetically modified food, pesticides and food additives. It covers Bisphenol A (BPA) in canned foods, pesticides in vegetables, plastic and plasticiser contamination in food, food additives ...

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Control: far afield - lesson plan

This is a plan for a lesson that encourages discussion about human alteration of plants, the importance of agricultural biodiversity, the problems associated with monoculture and the different approaches to pest control including the use of genetic engineering in food production. Topics include the origin and development ...

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Designed to Thrive for Life

The use of genetic technologies is debated but the techniques themselves are often not described. This teacher resource Is designed to show how a plant's DNA affects it's survival, and how genetic technologies are being used. This inquiry-based sequence of six lessons is based on current food security, sustainability and ...