Current Event/Persuasive Speech
General Purpose: To Persuade
Specific Purpose: To persuade my audiences beliefs about a subject. Organizational Pattern: Comparative Advantage/Disadvantage
1. Ever heard the saying “The way to a mans heart is through his stomach?” Well A proverb suggests that “A hungry man is an angry man” 2. Today I will be talking about genetically engineered food and food insecurity 3. It is important to listen to this speech in order to understand the viewpoints I am about to present and my standing position on it. 4. I’ve thoroughly done research with the help of our OCC Library Database online 5. Today I will go through a sequence of the disadvantage as well as the advantages of GM foods and in the process of my speech I would like to talk about how genetically engineered food can benefit countries of the third world. Transition: Lets start this speech with a disadvantage of the genetically modified food. Body
1. Today agriculture already consumes the largest percentage of Earth’s land surface and by increasing the food production we’d have to increase farmland, which will add to destruction of the environment. a. Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota claims that “by clearing tropical forests, farming marginal lands, and intensifying industrial farming in sensitive landscapes, humankind has made agriculture the planet’s dominant environmental threat.” b. With that said adding to this problem only 60 % of the foods produced are actually used to feed people i. 5 % are used for bio-fuels
ii. 35 % are used for animal feed.
iii. Jonathan Foley adds that feeding crops to animals reduces the worlds potential food supply
Transition: Okay, now that you’ve heard a disadvantage GM food, lets get into an advantage
II. Genetically modified foods started appearing on market shelves ever since the early 1990’s....
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