I. Introduction (2-3 min)
A. Attention getter:
1. (Visual aid)According to Mike Adams, author of an article for Huffington Post in 2012 titled New GMO Study: Rats Fed Lifetime of GM Corn Grow Tumors, in a study that has been labelled “the most thorough research ever published into the health effects of GM food crops,” researchers fed rats the same kind of GM corn that is used in our potato chips and corndogs, and measured the results against a control group over their lifetime. The researchers found that “The animals on the GM diet suffered mammary tumors, as well as severe liver and kidney damage. The researchers said 50 percent of males and 70 percent of females died prematurely, compared with only 30 percent and 20 percent in the…show more content… Ever since I was a small child, I was interested in the way things worked and why things were the way they were. I took two biology classes in high school and plan to take more here. Also, I have thoroughly researched this topic.
D. (food label, show nonGMO sign, (who has seen that on potato chip package? Main adaptation: we don’t even know what’s in our food these days)(maybe “when I first heard about gmos”)Adapt to Audience: How many of you have looked at the labels on store bought food and wondered what half of the ingredients were? I certainly have. I think it is important for us to know what it is that our food is made up of, but most of us don’t have any idea what is in our food these days.
E. Today I am going to educate you on the two main sides of the GMO debate.
1. First, the side that believes GMOs are harmful.
2. Second, the side that believes GMOs have the potential to be beneficial.
II. Body of Speech
A. Some people believe that GMOs are harmful.
1. 93% of planted corn in 2014 was genetically modified according to the United States Department of Agriculture. (Visual aid)
a. Author: USDA
b. Title: Study by the United States Department of Agriculture
c. Publication: USDA
d. Year: 2014
2. According to the FAQ page on the World Health Organization website, there is a possibility that proteins from commonly allergenic organisms, like peanuts, could be transferred to non-allergenic organisms.
a. This could cause life threatening allergic reactions.