Following a EU rule change, the growing of GM crops across Europe will increase in many countries. It looks likely that GM foods such as breakfast cereals may be on our supermarket shelves within a year – but will many people choose them over GM-free alternatives?
In this activity students apply their knowledge about genes to learn why crops are genetically modified before evaluating health risks to decide which cereal they would buy.
Inheritance: Suggest arguments for and against genetic modification (KS3 Science Syllabus)
Estimate risk: Weigh up the benefits and risks of an application of science to make a decision (KS3 Science Syllabus)
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Running the activity
Starter Discussion about why some people are anti-GM
Main Students apply their knowledge about genes to explain the purpose of growing GM corn and build jigsaws to analyse risks
Plenary Students decide which cereal they will buy and explain why
For detailed running notes, download the teachers guide.
The news story the activity is based on
An interactive animation which outlines the process used to genetically modify a crop. Suitable for GCSE students and extending the more able at KS3.