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Learning objects GM foods: pros and cons

TLF ID L1024

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.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students identify opportunities and threats of growing genetically modified food crops for Australian society, economy and the environment.
  • Students summarise arguments for and against the growing of genetically modified crops in Australia.
Educational value
  • Describes arguments for and against the introduction of genetically modified food crops in Australia.
  • Provides opportunities to identify the environmental, economic and social pros and cons of introducing genetically modified crops to the Australian environment.
  • Includes a quiz about the environmental, social and economic benefits and concerns of GM food crops.
Year level

7; 8

Learning area
  • studies of society and environment
  • Studies of society and environment/Investigation, communication and participation
  • Studies of society and environment/Natural and social systems
  • Studies of society and environment/Place and space
  • Studies of society and environment/Economic impact
  • Studies of society and environment/Environmental issues
  • Studies of society and environment/Environmental management
  • Studies of society and environment/Sustainable development
  • Studies of society and environment/Social impact
  • Knowledge;
  • Comprehension;
  • Application;
  • Analysis
Student activity
  • Interactives;
  • Analysis;
  • Modelling
Learning design
  • Experiential learning;
  • Independent learning;
  • Problem solving;
  • Visual learning

Other details

  • Script writer
  • Educational validator
  • Name: Professor Ian Lowe
  • Address: Sunnybank Hills QLD 4109 Australia
  • Technical implementer
  • Subject matter expert
  • Instructional designer
  • Name: Sue Bennett
  • Organisation: Educational Media Laboratory, Faculty of Education, University of Wollongong
  • Address: Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia
  • URL:
  • Publisher
  • Date of contribution: 09 Oct 2013
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia
  • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
  • URL:
Access profile
  • Device independence
  • Hearing independence
  • Visual independence
Learning resource type
  • Interactive Resource
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS Windows)
  • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
  • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
Operating systems
  • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
  • MS-Windows - minimum version: x - maximum version: 7
  • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.