The Science and Politics of the GMO

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What exactly are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and why do scientists develop them? Studying the science of GMOs helps us understand biotechnology’s potential role in addressing challenges in agriculture.

In this introductory Food and Nutrition course, you will learn the basics of genetic engineering, explore the political debate around the GMO and review the arguments for and against their use.

We will study the politics surrounding the GMO and its impact at both an individual level and to society as a whole; including the problems, perceptions, benefits, and risks associated with GMOs. Important to understanding the complexities around this topic we will not only be looking at the science behind how the GMO works, but also to the limitations of this science. We will also discuss the importance of information literacy as a tool for effectively identifying and evaluating issues.

Our goal is that this MOOC will impact ...

What exactly are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and why do scientists develop them? Studying the science of GMOs helps us understand biotechnology’s potential role in addressing challenges in agriculture.

In this introductory Food and Nutrition course, you will learn the basics of genetic engineering, explore the political debate around the GMO and review the arguments for and against their use.

We will study the politics surrounding the GMO and its impact at both an individual level and to society as a whole; including the problems, perceptions, benefits, and risks associated with GMOs. Important to understanding the complexities around this topic we will not only be looking at the science behind how the GMO works, but also to the limitations of this science. We will also discuss the importance of information literacy as a tool for effectively identifying and evaluating issues.

Our goal is that this MOOC will impact people's understanding of science, what it can and can't do, and how information is transmitted. The intent is not to influence how people feel about GMOs, but to give them the critical thinking and scientific literacy tools necessary to make informed decisions — and to understand the broader impacts of those decisions.

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Cecilia Gonzalez

8/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 2 months ago
There is a lot to learn even if you think you knew it all working in this area. Specially policy making and social issues. Great way to learn as well from other countries an different experiences.
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Jim Bradford

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2 years, 5 months ago
I audited this course to assist me in teaching others about GMOs. This course provides an excellent background to allow the student to evaluate the veracity of the poaitions of various stakeholders in the GMO debate. The course shows that there is little question about the safety of GMOs for food or fibre, while pointing out that there may be other options in technology that have merit as well. I especially appreciate the presentation in short bites with experts in the area and the staff response to questions. Also the story of the American Chestnut taught me that there are sometimes small voices that get lost in the shouting of vigorous debate.
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2 years, 6 months ago
I was amazed. I enjoyed the course. The amount of knowledge that I gained was tremendous. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me.
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Andrés Abea

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2 years, 6 months ago
The content of the course is heavy, but it is great, the instructors have an insane ammount of knowledge in the matter and it was really fun. I learned to see things in a way that I was not seeing them until now.
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Waseem Abbas

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2 years, 7 months ago
Hi, every concerned high official of subject cited above m working as Plant Pathologist at Ayub Agriculture Institute, Faisalabad, Pakistan. am interested to participate in this training because i have no much more exposure about GMO crops instead i have studied few articles during school. in Pakistan most of the growers will prefer GMO crops due to high yield as well as effective control on weeds because expenses on manual removal of weeds (broad and narrow) are higher and growers want to get rid by adopting roundup resistant crops. i want a detailed information regarding GMO, boll worms, weeds, Fruitfly, sucking pests and many diseases are the potential threats at this time to different crops of Pakistan.
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