Science-based Ag-biotech Curriculum Developed for Middle, High School Students in the USMarch 3, 2021
Middle and high school students across the US can now learn about plant genetic engineering through an interactive, supplementary curriculum co-designed by teachers and regulators.
The curriculum was developed to help students learn about food agriculture and the uses of biotechnology in the food supply. US teachers who are experts in agriculture, biology, environmental science, technology, and other related fields teamed up with the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency to design the curriculum. The team also made sure that it is science-based and that it meets the country's current education standards.
The curriculum aims to introduce agricultural concepts of crop characteristics, planning, and selection to students. It involves in-depth activities and school-appropriate laboratory work to demonstrate how selective breeding and genetic engineering are used to obtain the desired agricultural plant traits. The activities will also demonstrate how science and technology are used to improve the US food supply through hands-on examples for students. This way, the students will be able to appreciate the technology and understand why farmers choose particular crop varieties to address environmental challenges, the value of food safety evaluation, and recognize new food labeling guidelines. Through the experience, the students are expected to learn to make informed choices about foods.
Read the news release from the FDA and their list of related materials to find out more.
You might also like:
- USDA, FDA Sign MOU on Animal Biotechnology Regulation
- USDA Finalizes SECURE, Eases Up Biotech Regulations
- US Promotes GMO Education to Consumers through 'Feed Your Mind' Initiative
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a non-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
- Survey Shows People with Low Scientific Reasoning Tend to Believe Conspiracy Theories on COVID-19
News from Around the World
- FAO DG Outlines "Four Betters" as Strategy to Transform Agri-food Systems
- ISAAA Report Summary Now Available in Indonesian, Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese
- Science-based Ag-biotech Curriculum Developed for Middle, High School Students in the US
- Wheat's 'Second Genome' Could Help in the Plant's Survival against Environmental Stress
- Study Reveals Plant Clock Key to Producing More Food for the World
- Asian Biotechnology Information Centers Pledge to Advance Biosciences
- Researchers Identify Mechanism that Protects Plant Fertility from Stress
- NtCIPK11 Confers Salt and Drought Tolerance in Arabidopsis
Plant Breeding Innovations
- CRISPR-Cas9 Could Provide the Much-needed Help on Food Security against Climate Change
- UK Scientists Develop Genome-edited Wheat to Reduce Cancer Risk from Bread
- Researchers Invent New Gene Editing Tool
Subscribe to CBU: