Paper: Organic or GM Food? The new war for foodHey guys, i have to write a paper for english and my topic is: Organic or GM food? - The new war for food.So my questions are: How do I divide my...

Paper: Organic or GM Food? The new war for food

Hey guys, i have to write a paper for english and my topic is: Organic or GM food? - The new war for food.So my questions are: How do I divide my paper and which points are important for my topic? First of all, i've tried to write an outline (not yet complete, not sorted) and would be happy if anyone could add a few points or has other suggestions :) Thank you in advance :) ________________________________________ Content 1. Definition GM Food 2. The difference between GM and Biotechnology 3. GM Food in germany/USA 4. Development and History of GM Food ... ________________________________________ I know it now looks very thin :D, but it is still in progress and of course i will write more than this.. I just wanted to make a very rough outline...

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think your problem is the way you are organizing your paper. I suggest defining each type of food in the introduction so you don't waste time on it. Then come up with three points of comparison between the two types of food. I think you'll find this organization more convenient.
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I would add that you might want to include a definition section of "organic" as it is has become a "catch all" term and many have no idea what it actually entails.  I'm not sure you need to talk about the difference between GM and biotechnology (be careful here) as this might stray from your topic of GM vs. ORGANIC.  (I'm not terribly familiar with the semantics of these topics... how does biotechnology relate to organic?  If it doesn't, cut it.)  Keep in mind that these definitions of your terms should all be limited to your introduction (which, depending on the final length of your paper is not limited to just one paragraph).

In building your argument I highly encourage you to make a giant list of arguments in favor of either GM or organic.  Even in an essay where you must present both sides, you do well to end up choosing a side by the end, so try to lean towards one or the other, not both.  Then, looking at this list (which should be vast), categorize your ideas into three groups.  This will help you avoid lengthy lists of ideas that may or may not go together.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think you will need to make sure to address the benefits and costs of each kind of food.

For GM, you'd want to look at higher yields and (in some cases) less need for chemicals.  On the down side, there are worries about its health effects and what will happen if GM seeds spread.

For organic, you'd want to look at the health benefits and perhaps look at how valid those claims are.  You'd also want to look at how much more this kind of food costs, keeping in mind the impact of these two kinds of food on poorer people.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In terms of how to set up your paper and which points are important, you may want to try and find a frame that will help to give structure to your essay.  Are you going to approach the question and answer it from a philosophical or moral perspective?  Do you want to look at it through a strictly financial or sustainability lens?  There are so many ways to branch out of the original question that you might want to try and frame it that way to help limit your discussion and give it clear direction.

Once you have done that, the more salient points should become clearer.  Because you can focus your definition of genetically modified foods by discussing the economic implications of them.  You may also want to try and do both economic and philosophical, but make sure you organize it well so that the reader can follow it.

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