GMO Case Study

Download free Hawaii Papaya Case Study to be used by High School and Higher-Ed Educators.

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. We will focus on the Rainbow papaya, a variety of fruit that was engineered to resist a virus that has 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.

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