Informative Speech Outline
Genetically Modified Foods
Specific Purpose: To inform the audience about genetically modified foods in Canada.
Did you know that most of the food and fibre that we consume on a daily basis is in some way genetically modified? Are we really getting the nutritional value that is promised to us on the labels of these foods? The percentage of our daily consumption that is modified seems incredibly high, so today I would like to explain what genetically modified foods like plants and animals are (the history behind it), other countries and their take on genetically modified foods and what could happen if we continue to consume these genetically modified foods.
I. First, I'd like to explain how genetically modified foods came into being or its history. A. In the 1800s an Austrian Monk, Gregor Mendel started to experiment with peas. 1. Genes combined to produce a better end result. 2. Genetically modified were first introduced in Canada in 1990s. B. Genetically Modified Plants
Tomato plants resistant to caterpillars and takes longer to decompose (stayed fresh longer). Corn crops modified to produce big kernels and resistant to pesticides and herbicides. C. Genetically Modified Animals
1. Growth hormones injected in cows to produce more milk. 2. Bigger sheep that can produce larger quantities of wool.
II. Second, I would like to talk about other countries and their take on genetically modified foods. A. In Europe it is mandatory for farmers to label each product that has been modified 1. Canada not required to label its genetically modified foods as of yet. B. India refuses to grow any crops that have been genetically modified 1. Might be the only choice for India to feed its growing population 2. India is pro-transgenic...
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Whitman, B.D. (2000). "Genetically Modified Foods: Harmful or Helpful?". ProQuest. Retrieved date: June 20, 2010 from http://www.csa.com/discoveryguides/gmfood/overview.php
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