GMO Case Study

Free download: Hawaii papaya case study for use by high school and higher-ed instructors.

Designed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Amy Harmon, the goal of this case study is to discuss the issues surrounding the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. It focuses on the Rainbow papaya, a variety of fruit engineered to resist the ringspot virus, which is heavily impacted papaya crops across the globe.

Case study participants (which can range from fewer to 10 students to classes larger than 20) will play the role of an assigned stakeholder with interests in the Rainbow papaya and other agricultural biotechnologies. Stakeholders are modeled on the public statements of real people, as well as those collected during interviews for a story on the 2013 GMO ban in Hawaii, in order to focus the discussion through composite archetypes of characters.

Download here: Hawaii Papaya GMO Case Study6-21

Educators may also wish to include this documentary about the Hawaii GMO debate in their curriculum: