DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 14, 2015 — The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the International Food Information Council Foundation announced the global launch of Bringing Biotechnology to Life, a free educational resource that aims to facilitate learning about agricultural biotechnology and its role in food production. The new curriculum was unveiled at the World Food Prize 2015 Borlaug Dialogue international symposium.
Bringing Biotechnology to Life is a science-based classroom resource with applicable lessons related to agriculture,” said Julie Tesch, executive director of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. “This resource is fact- and research-based and has been reviewed by an array of scientists, so the science behind it is very sound.”
“Many consumers do not understand the impact biotechnology makes on agriculture and our lives,” Tesch said. “Our goal is to have this resource provide students with the tools they need to make informed decisions about the practical uses of biotechnology.”
The resource includes seven sequential lesson plans for educators which address national learning standards for 7th to 10th grade students. Bringing Biotechnology to Life guides the learner through the process of understanding DNA, selective breeding, biotechnology and “GMOs.”
A research and public presentation module also is included to encourage students to take what they have learned and present it to an audience outside the classroom.
Activist Zen Honeycutt attended the symposium. “It’s an international symposium of chemical company CTO’s like Dow, Dupont and Monsanto, food companies like Cargill and banks like the bank of Africa. It included notables like Chelsea Clinton, Tom Vilsack, Warren Buffet’s son, USDA officials and African/Asian dignitaries.
“They were giving awards to all kinds of women African farmers, and then wooing them with their “agriculture technology.” Apparently GMO is “activist lingo” now so they barely ever mentioned the word for the two days that I attended.
“They have many new initiatives such as a free curriculum, “Bringing Biotech to Life,” for middle school, high school and college programs. They are brainwashing our youth. Everything that one college student said to me there was parroting their talking points.”